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Ponting granted Australia leave

Australia's ICC World Twenty20 squad have left the country without skipper Ricky Ponting after he was granted special leave to tend to a family related matter.

The champion batsman's involvement in the tournament, to be held in South Africa, is not in doubt and he is expected to join team-mates later this week.

In a disrupted beginning to Australia's campaign, all-rounder Shane Watson and paceman Stuart Clark also failed to board the team's flight.

Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist would not elaborate on Ponting's family related issue but is confident the captain will be available in time for the opening match against Zimbabwe.

"I've been in touch with him and he said he's most likely at the moment to join us again in a few days time but we'll just wait and see how things pan out over the next few days," said Gilchrist.

Watson will remain in Brisbane under the supervision of team physio Alex Kountouris after aggravating his left hamstring at the team's Sunday training session.

Watson has been cleared of any serious damage and Gilchrist is hopeful the talented Queenslander will be fit to take his place within the squad.

source - bbc.co.uk
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