Australia will protect information about player injuries so as not to cede any competitive advantage to England in the coming Ashes series, a report said on Monday.

Officials will not divulge the nature of any injuries suffered unless the player is ruled out of a Test match, according to Cricket Australia’s general manager of team performance Pat Howard. “If a player suffers an injury that rules him out of the match, we’ll tell you,” Howard told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“But if it doesn’t rule him out... we’ve got a chance to get a player up in a day or 36 hours to play. If he can play the Test match, and keep playing but he’s got a minor calf injury, really should we be telling you that? Every sportsman has got a little niggle… We can turn injuries around in 24 to 48 hours... it’s not like some of the other sports.”AFP