8 Dec 2010

Katich likely to miss rest of Ashes tour

6:31 am on 8 December 2010

Following their second Test hammering in Adelaide, the Australia cricket team's bid to regain the Ashes from England has been dealt a further blow with opening batsman Simon Katich likely to miss the rest of the series with an Achilles injury.

Katich was clearly having difficulty walking in the latter stages of the Adelaide Test, and he possibly faces months on the sideline.

The Australian captain Ricky Ponting says 22-year-old Philip Hughes, who was dropped after two Tests during Australia's Ashes loss on tour last year, is in line to replace Katich.