Haddin ruled out of Champions Trophy, Paine gets call-up

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bradhaddin_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been ruled out of September's ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa as he continues to recover from finger surgery

Updated: September 03, 2009 06:40 IST
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Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was on Thursday ruled out of this month's ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa as he continues to recover from a finger surgery he underwent last week.

Accordingly, Cricket Australia (CA) has requested the International Cricket Council to allow Tasmanian wicket-keeper Tim Paine to replace Haddin in the 15-man Champions Trophy squad.

Haddin had successful surgery on the ring finger of his left hand on his return from England Thursday after breaking the finger prior to the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

"After discussion with Brad's surgeon and the Cricket Australia medical staff, it is clear Brad will not have recovered sufficiently for him to be considered for any part of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa," CA doctor Trefor James said.

"While the surgery was a success and there have been no complications, the time-frame for recovery is not sufficient and therefore he can not be considered for selection," he explained.

Upset at missing Champions Trophy, Haddin is hoping to be back before Australia tours India for a one-day series later this year.

"While it is extremely disappointing to miss the ICC Champions Trophy, the good news is that the surgery was successful and my finger will be 100 per cent (okay) when the recovery period is finalised.

"I am aiming to be available for selection for the one-day series in India. However, this is a decision that will be made in consultation with the Cricket Australia medical staff when the time arises," he said.

"In the past I have been able to recover from finger injuries and surgery very quickly and I am hopeful this will again be the case," added Haddin.

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