Aussies to turn to Love

Queensland batsman Martin Love has been called up as cover for Darren Lehmann for the fourth Ashes Test against England starting on Boxing Day.Love, who has already hit two double centuries against England this summer, will join up with the squad later today following Lehmann's admission to hospital from an acute infection in his right leg.

Queensland batsman Martin Love has been called up as cover for Darren Lehmann for the fourth Ashes Test against England starting on Boxing Day.

Love, who has already hit two double centuries against England this summer, will join up with the squad later today following Lehmann's

admission to hospital from an acute infection in his right leg.

Australian team medical officer Dr Trefor James said: "Darren was admitted to

hospital overnight on Monday and will receive a course of intravenous antibiotics.

"It is hoped he will be

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discharged on Christmas Day depending on his progress over the next 24 hours."

Love has scored 781 runs at an average of 130.16 this

summer, including 250 for Queensland and 201 not out for Australia A – both against England.

After hearing of his call-up, Love – who hit 190 in his latest innings against Tasmania – said: "I'm very excited about being picked or potentially picked.

"Trevor Hohns (chairman of selectors) called just when I was having breakfast and

trying to organise our plans for Christmas Day.

"Those plans have now been thrown into a bit of a spin, but I'm more than happy with that.

"It's always something you do on Boxing Day, after having a big Christmas Day, you

generally sit down and watch the Test when you're

recovering, so it will certainly be a different view on things now that I'm actually part of it."

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