Australian pace bowler Doug Bollinger has forced to fly home from the World Cup because of ankle injury that may require surgery. Bollinger is the first player of Australia outfits to be sent home mid-tournament, Australian members were already missing Michael Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Marsh due to injuries. Bollinger suffered pain in his left ankle during the first warm-up game against India, although he was available for Zimbabwe Match, but the problem exaggerated when the team arrived in Nagpur. Peter Siddle would be the replacement for injured Bollinger but yet it was not decided who would join the squad.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also assured that withdrawn players can return to replace other injured men; However the Australian would prefer John Hastings reserve pacer in the touring team. Aussies physio Alex Kountouris said, "He got posterior impingement". He also said, "Mainly, the bones at the back of the ankle, when he tries to bowl, one bone hits another bone and the bone becomes really reddened and goaded". Bollinger will have scrutinized in Australia to decide whether he will need an operation and if that is required, he will have some months to recover before Australia's next Test tour, to Sri Lanka in August. The problem first appeared towards the end of the recent one-day series against England, but the pain did not become momentous until the team was preparing for the match against New Zealand.