Hartley to the rescue for Aussies
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