Melbourne:Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that he is a doubtful starter for the one-off Twenty20 game against India to be played on Friday as he still recuperating from a back injury.
Ponting suffered a lower back injury during the fourth Test against India at Adelaide and was forced to use a runner during the hosts' second innings.
"I've basically been laid on my back the last couple of days trying to give myself the best chance to recover," Ponting told reporters after arriving here Thursday.
"We have just arrived in Melbourne and once the physio lands here he will be assessing my situation and take a decision on my availability tomorrow."
He further said that though he is feeling better now, he is yet to test his match fitness. "Whether or not I train today or tomorrow morning will be the big question."