Oz Bollinger out of World Cup

Nagpur: Australia fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a left ankle injury and is returning home, it was announced on Friday.

"Doug Bollinger has been experiencing increasing left ankle pain since arriving in India," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement.

"Unfortunately the pain is now significantly affecting his ability to bowl and he will not be playing any further part in the tournament.

"Doug will now return to Australia and seek specialist opinion to determine the best course of management for this injury."

No decision has yet been made about a replacement for the New South Wales quick, who took one for 29 in a warm-up match against India.

Bollinger was not selected for Australia's opening win of the tournament against Zimbabwe or the reigning champions' ongoing second match against New Zealand in Nagpur on Friday.

Australian selectors will decide on a replacement player and this will be announced once approved by the International Cricket Council's technical committee.

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