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Last Updated:  Thursday, 6 March, 2003, 11:30 GMT
Filling the void
Darren Lehmann
By Darren Lehmann
Australia batsman

Jason Gillespie's injury is really disappointing for him personally and as far as the team is concerned we have now lost two world-class bowlers.

Shane Warne is out through suspension and now Jason is out through injury and the guy works so damn hard it's just so unfortunate.

His replacement, Nathan Bracken, only flew into Johannesburg on Thursday so he will not be available for selection for Friday's big match at Centurion against Sri Lanka.

Nathan gives us some variety because he's a left-armer and that's not a bad thing at all.

Saying that, I think Brad Williams was probably a bit unlucky not to get the nod because he did well in the VB Series in January.

We should win if we play well but we have to be careful
Lehmann on the Sri Lankan clash
The one thing Jason's injury does is give Andy Bichel some insurance he will play on Friday.

Andy took seven wickets against England and featured in a match-winning stand with Michael Bevan, so it would have been a tough call for the selectors if Jason had regained his fitness.

This may sound strange but the best thing that has happened for this team is we haven't posted big, big scores yet.

Our top order have not yet clicked like we all know they can and I would not be surprised if they decide to take it out on a few teams in the Super Six.

Our first match is against Sri Lanka who are a dangerous side and who beat us in Sydney earlier this year.

We should win if we play well but we have to be careful.

They usually look to bowl about 30 overs of spin because they have four spinners in the team and they like to get through their overs quickly, tying down the new batsman at the crease.

We know their game plan very well and will try to counter that with some moves of our own.

The match is at Centurion and the wicket looks like a really good flat one so hopefully it will be a high-scoring game.

We played there earlier in the tournament and managed to bowl India out for 120 but I think I can say the wicket's a lot better now.

If we win one game early on, we are guaranteed a semi-final berth so we will be trying to do that and ease a lot of pressure.




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