Hogg doubtful for second T20 against South Africa

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“I’m glad it’s happened now and not over in Bangladesh”

Australia spinner Brad Hogg is unlikely to play in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa as he is currently nursing a hamstring injury.

The 43-year-old has not represented Australia since the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

However, he was included in the national team for the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh due to the country being renowned for its spin-friendly conditions.

“It’s a weird one,” Hogg told AAP. “I can do everything except bowl.

“Every time I plant that front leg down, I can’t get over there. But I’m glad it’s happened now and not over in Bangladesh. If it was a big game – you’d take the medications and definitely would (play). But I think we’re taking a conservative approach at the moment so I’m right for the World Cup.

“I was in awe of the king [Warne]. I wanted to make the most of the opportunity and I went for an hour and a half, which was probably too long.”

If Hogg is selected to play either during the third and final Twenty20 International against South Africa or during the World Twenty20, he will become the oldest man to participate in a Twenty20 International.

Australia will also be without all-rounder James Faulkner, who is still recovering from knee surgery.

“The plan’s never really been for him to play any of the matches here [in South Africa],” Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said. “We don’t want to rush him; he had significant surgery five weeks ago. He’s a young guy. We don’t want to jeopardise his long-term prospects, so we’re taking him along very slowly.

“He’s coming along very well. He bowled a little bit yesterday, did some running. We’ll build him up over the next week or so, and the aim has always been to have him ready to play in Bangladesh.”

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