Australia kick-start their World Cup campaign against England and will be without Michael Clarke, who scored a half-century in a warm-up game against UAE.
Coach Darren Lehmann though, feels that Pup should be fit for the 21st February game against Bangladesh rather than the opener.
Lehmann said of Clarke: “Happy with the way he pulled up and really happy with his progress. But we’re going to stick with the plan and he’ll play against Bangladesh.
“Really happy with the way it’s gone, the way he batted, ran, fielded, bowled, he ticked all the boxes. A good solid week [ahead] and get prepared for Bangladesh.
“He’s very keen to play but we’ve got to make sure that when he gets back he’ll be ready to go, and he will be on Saturday [next] week. We just had a chat. He’s respectful of what we’re trying to do, get him right.
“He’s a quality player and a quality leader. Whilst we would have loved to have him available for this game, we’re making sure he’s 100% and ready to go for Bangladesh.”
Another blow that the Aussies suffered was James Faulkner who is out with an injury. But Lehmann feels that the all-rounder should be good to go in the second half of the tournament.
The coach said: “He’s batting comfortably now, so that’s a good sign for us. We’re just dictated by the medical team at the moment with that. Hopefully he’ll resume bowling very shortly. We’ll wait and see on that one.”