Hayden to miss rest of Windies tour

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/h/hayden2_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Opening batsman Matthew Hayden will miss the rest of Australia's tour of the Caribbean due to injury.

Updated: June 01, 2008 14:10 IST
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Australia opener Matthew Hayden has quit the West Indies tour after failing to recover sufficiently from an Achilles tendon injury which ruled him out of last week's first Test.

"Matthew Hayden's right Achilles tendon injury has not made sufficient progress during his time in the West Indies and as such he will not be able to participate in the second Test and was highly unlikely to be available for the third," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement.

"With the large volume of cricket to be played over the next 18 months it was decided he should return to Australia to undergo rehabilitation and consult specialists."

Cricket Australia selection chief Andrew Hilditch said Brad Hodge would remain with touring squad and fill in for 36-year-old Hayden, who has 8,242 runs from 94 Tests.

"It is obviously disappointing for Matthew and the Australian cricket side, but the priority now is for Matthew to get specialist advice and commence preparation for a return to cricket for the (series) against Bangladesh, the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan and our forthcoming tour to India," Hilditch said.

Hodge was a late addition to the squad when Michael Clarke became unavailable for the first Test and he moved into the starting XI when Hayden withdrew from the first Test. Australia won by 95 runs.

"Brad Hodge will remain with the side which is richly deserved given his strong performance in the first test," Hilditch said.

A replacement for the limited-overs series in the West Indies will be announced within a week.

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