Australia expect Bollinger to be fit for Ashes

Australia expect fast bowler Doug Bollinger to recover from his stomach strain in time to take on England in the Ashes which begin in Brisbane on November 25.

Bollinger suffered the injury in the first Test of the tour of India and also missed the one-day series.



He was left out of the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka but is expected to return in Sheffield Shield action before the Ashes.



Simon Katich (thumb ligament) and Ryan Harris (knee surgery) are also expected to be fit to take on Andrew Strauss' side as Australia bid to win back the Ashes.



Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Doug Bollinger returned from India with a stomach muscle strain sustained during the first Test.



"He did not recover in time to be available for the ODI series in India. On returning to Australia, he had scans that have cleared him of any significant muscle injury.



"As such he will commence bowling next week and is likely to be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales against Tasmania starting 17th October, in advance of the first Vodafone Ashes Test."



On Katich, Kountouris added: "Simon Katich injured a thumb ligament prior to the first Test in India.



"Since returning home, he has seen a specialist who advised him take a short break from batting and then return to training. As such, he has not batted since returning from India but will do so next week.



"He will miss the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales starting October 31 but is expected to be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield games starting November 10 and 17, in advance of preparation for the first Vodafone Ashes Test in Brisbane.



"Ryan Harris is making good progress with his rehabilitation from the knee surgery he underwent in July 2010.



"He is likely to be available for a Queensland Futures League game next week and will hopefully be available for selection for Queensland in a Ryobi Cup game on November 6.



"As long as there are no setbacks during this period, he will be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for Queensland on either November 10 or 17, in advance the of the first Vodafone Ashes Test, starting November 25."



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