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Big decision looms on Bevan

By Guy Hand and Adrian Warren 26/01/2003 06:57:05 PM Comments (0)

World Cup crisis? There's no crisis.

That was the message from chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns as batting linchpin Michael Bevan provided some good news for Australia's World Cup hopes, savaged by injuries to key players.

Bevan was hopeful of playing for Australia in the World Cup next month in South Africa after scans on Sunday revealed a groin injury which will sideline him for two to three weeks rather than six to eight weeks as first feared.

Bevan tore his adductor muscle while batting in Australia's five-run victory over England which wrapped up the tri-series title at the MCG on Saturday.

The injury could rule Bevan out of Australia's first two games, against Pakistan on February 11 and India on February 15, while fellow middle order batsman Darren Lehmann is already out of the Pakistan game through suspension.

With Australia's first World Cup match 17 days away, selectors will hold a telephone hook-up on Monday to decide whether Bevan should be retained in the World Cup squad or replaced by a fully fit player.

"It will probably be two to three weeks ... which is good news from my point of view," Bevan said.

"I guess it means I will miss maybe two matches maximum of the World Cup if the selectors decide to go that way."

Asked if he still expected to go to South Africa, Bevan said: "I'd like to think so, but that's not my decision to make."

The selectors will be loathe to lose Bevan who averages an impressive 54.8 runs over 196 limited-overs internationals.

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