Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ponting to test injured wrist in nets

Ricky Ponting missed the end of the Caribbean tour with a wrist injury and is now ready to bat again.

Ricky Ponting will have his first net session on Sunday since undergoing surgery on his injured right wrist last month. Ponting suffered the problem during the ODI series in the West Indies in June and immediately flew home for an operation on the tissues that hold a tendon in place.

He has been ruled out of Australia's one-day series against Bangladesh, which starts next weekend at Marrara Oval, although he could yet fly to Darwin with the team so he can continue batting in the nets. Ponting will first have to test himself with a bat at Australia's training camp in Brisbane.

"I'll attempt to start hitting some balls for the first time and see if my wrist is strong enough and up to it yet," Ponting told AAP. "What I do from there will depend on what I do Sunday.

"If it's okay then I'll probably stay around for a few extra days and get what batting I can. If it's no good then I'll probably go back home and join up with the guys before we head off to the Champions Trophy."

Michael Clarke captained Australia during their final two one-day internationals in the Caribbean and is again in charge against Bangladesh. The team could yet be without Matthew Hayden, who was named in the squad but is still recovering from an achilles tendon strain.