The unwanted just keeps on occuring for the Squad in crucial situations.
I just found out that Michael Clarke will be returning back to Australia following a lower back injury with the pain so intense he has not participated in any of our practices.
While Pup's strike rates have been a concern in the One Day game, he has been very consistent with his run-scoring, regularly making strong contributions as well as leading positively as a senior squad member in England.
So no point in Pup hanging around but this is another big loss to our squad.
However the guys have done a good enough job without our Vice-Skipper.
Yesterdays performance against India was very encouraging even without Pup and a major relief given that we all know he is out of any further progression of the tournament.
The NSP are just awaiting the go ahead from the ICC as to whether a replacement may be sent over. I don't quite see the need for a replacement with Adam Voges already there, who is a flexible enough batsman in the order but if they (the NSP) were to call up someone with the permission of the ICC I'd imagine it to be David Hussey as first pick or by some massive surprise Brad Hodge.
Weather reports don't suggest any fantastic forecasts for remainder of the Champions Trophy so it is looking rather gloomy on the weather front.
So now we have another wait and see on this aspect but hopefully any rainfall present is just a minor shower.