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Paine replaces Haddin for Pak Tests

Press Trust Of India
Jun 23, 2010 at 01:15pm IST

Melbourne: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was on Wednesday ruled out of next month's cricket series against Pakistan due to an elbow injury, prompting the selectors to bring in Tim Paine as his replacement.

"Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) today confirmed Tasmanian wicket-keeper Tim Paine will replace Brad Haddin in Australia's 14-man squad for the VB Pakistan Series," CA said in a statement.

Cricket Australia Doctor Trefor James said despite being on recovery path, Haddin doesn't seem fit enough for the Twenty20 and Test series against Pakistan which is scheduled after the ongoing ODI series against England.

Paine replaces Haddin for Tests against Pak

The stumper now hopes to be fit for the tour of India this October.

"We had hoped to give Brad Haddin as much time as possible to prove his fitness for this series but after specialist review today in Sydney it is now clear his elbow tendon injury has not improved sufficiently for him to be selected," James said.

Haddin said he was disappointed to miss out.

"...especially frustrating in this situation where I can do everything but pick up a cricket bat. I have been extremely aggressive in the treatment process of this tendon injury doing everything I possibly could to play in the upcoming Test matches against Pakistan," he said.

The stumper now hopes to be fit for the tour of India this October.

"Now that I have time on my hands, the specialist and I are very confident I can let the injury repair itself in normal time and be ready to go for our next tour to India in October," he said.

The two Tests against Pakistan will take place at Lords (13-17 July) and Headingley (21-25 July).

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