Hart­ley to the res­cue for Aussies

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LON­DON: Aus­tralia have called up un­capped wick­et­keeper Chris Hart­ley (above) for the two-day match against Eng­land Lions at Can­ter­bury, which starts to­day.

Queens­land’s Hart­ley has been play­ing league cricket in Eng­land and was sum­moned due to cur­rent in­juries to Brad Haddin and Gra­ham Manou.

First-choice Haddin will not be risked, hav­ing bro­ken his left hand ring fin­ger in warmups for the Edg­bas­ton Test.

And tour deputy Manou, who made his in­ter­na­tional de­but in that match, has ag­gra­vated a hand in­jury picked up while bat­ting on the fi­nal day in Birm­ing­ham.

With the Ashes locked at 1-1 and the fi­nal Test start­ing next Thurs­day at the Oval, the Aus­tralians are be­ing cau­tious.

Aus­tralian phys­io­ther­a­pist Alex Koun­touris said Haddin was still re­cov­er­ing.

“To max­imise his re­cov­ery, he will not play the game against the English Lions at Can­ter­bury.”

Of Manou, Koun­touris said: “He was mak­ing good progress and un­for­tu­nately re-ag­gra­vated the in­jury two days ago.”

Hart­ley, 27, has been play­ing for Chor­ley in the North­ern League, hav­ing lost the back-up keeper po­si­tion to Manou on the Ashes tour. – Sapa-AFP

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