Sydney, Nov. 3 (ANI): Cricket Australia (CA) has said that it confident about Ricky Ponting being fit enough to face South Africa in the first Gabba Test next week, after the veteran Australian batsman withdrew from a Sheffield Shield game due to a sore hamstring.
Team performance manager Pat Howard said that withdrawal of Ponting was just a 'precautionary move', adding that he was hopeful of him playing in the Brisbane Test.
"This is a precautionary move to ensure Ricky has the best possible preparation for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane next week. If this wasn't a week out from the first Test then Ricky would continue with the match, but we don't want to take that risk," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Howard, as saying.
"We expect Ricky to be fit for the first Test against South Africa," he added.
According to the paper, the 37-yr-old's injury scare has delivered a sharp reminder of the team's reliance on Ponting, and the lack of batsmen lining up to replace him.
However, in a sign of confidence in Ponting's powers of recovery, no batsman has been placed on standby in the Australian team yet, the paper said. (ANI)