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   Friday, 27 December, 2002, 17:34 GMT
England's injury timetable
Nasser Hussain
Nothing has so far gone Hussain's way in Australia
Craig White's side injury is the latest misfortune to hit England on their Ashes tour to Australia. BBC Sport Online charts the medical history.

  • 24 September: England suffer their first blow as batsman Graham Thorpe pulls out of the squad for personal reasons after initially stating he was ready to tour

  • 17 October: Darren Gough, Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan are a cause for concern as they fly out after recent operations.

  • 2 November: Fast bowler Steve Harmison breaks down with shin splints and misses the tour match against Queensland.

  • 4 November: England suffer a huge blow after Gough's troublesome knee reacts badly, prompting hints from Hussain that he may miss the entire series.

  • 6 November: Flintoff's hernia problem flares up in the match against Queensland, ruling him out of the first Test.

  • 7 November: Simon Jones ruptures the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while fielding on the opening day of the Brisbane Test.

  • 8 November: The selectors ask Yorkshire fast bowler Chris Silverwood to fly to Australia to replace Jones.

  • 9 November: Darren Gough admits he will not be fit to play any part in the series and is to fly home.

  • 19 November: Ashley Giles' wrist is fractured while batting in the nets and Andrew Flintoff is ruled out of the second and third Tests because he is still recovering from a hernia operation.

  • 21 November: Batsman John Crawley misses the second Test after suffering a thigh muscle injury. Michael Vaughan plays despite a sore knee.

  • 25 November: Paul Collingwood and Gareth Batty are put on stand-by for the third Test. Fast bowler Andy Caddick undergoes a scan on his back.

  • 29 November: Caddick fails a fitness test, but replacement Chris Silverwood damages his left ankle on the opening day.

  • 30 November: Silverwood will play no further part in the match of the tour after a torn medial ligament in his ankle is confirmed.

  • 1 December: Alex Tudor needs six stitches after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Brett Lee. He also complains of blurred vision.

  • 2 December: England decide to rest Vaughan for the first half of the one-day VB Series because of ongoing knee problems.

  • 6 December: Off-spinner Jeremy Snape's right thumb is broken by a ball from Lee during a game against New South Wales.

  • 12 December: Flintoff flies home after failing to regain full fitness. Adam Hollioake is called up as a replacement.

  • 19 December: All-rounder Ian Blackwell is given a scare when he is hit on the hand in the nets by a ball from Harmison. No fracture is revealed.

  • 27 December: Having failed to win back his place for the fourth Test, Matthew Hoggard goes into hospital for an operation on an ingrown toe nail.

  • 28 December: A scan reveals Craig White has torn a side muscle during the Melbourne Test, making it unlikely he will play in the final game in Sydney.

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