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Stomach bug strikes down Ponting

08/01/2004 05:47:56 AM Comments (0)

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is reportedly in doubt for the opening triangular series one-dayer against India in Melbourne after being struck down by a stomach bug.

The Australian newspaper said Ponting became violently ill at Steve Waugh's retirement party in Sydney on Tuesday night and was confined to bed.

The report said Ponting was too ill to travel with the one day squad to Melbourne and if he showed no signs of improvement he was unlikely to contest the day-night clash at the MCG.

The newspaper report said team officials described it as a viral complaint.

Australia is already without paceman Nathan Bracken who will miss the clash against India because of a hip injury.

Bracken, 26, strained a muscle in his left hip while fielding during the drawn fourth Test against India which finished in Sydney on Tuesday.

West Australian paceman Brad Williams - 12th man in the Sydney Test - replaced Bracken in Australia's one-day squad.

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