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Haddin in race against time to be fit for PM's XI

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Brad Haddin is in doubt for the PM's XI clash at Manuka Oval.

Brad Haddin is in doubt for the PM's XI clash at Manuka Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Cricket Australia is confident Brad Haddin will be available to play for the Prime Minister's XI at Manuka Oval on January 29, despite sustaining a hamstring injury playing in Australia's one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The wicketkeeper had scans on Monday, but results of those are yet to be released, with Cricket Australia citing the initial two-week prognosis in their comments.

In his press conference on Monday, head selector John Inverarity was hopeful the Queanbeyan product would miss only "a couple of weeks", but with the Prime Minister's XI in 14 days, any extension of that recovery time would rule Haddin out.

A spokesperson for Cricket Australia said expectations were that Haddin would still play, saying: "It was a minor hamstring strain he received … and we remain confident he'll be available on the 29th."

While Haddin continued to bat and took to the field as wicketkeeper after sustaining the injury, he was forced to go off during Sri Lanka's innings. Opening batsman Phil Hughes took over the keeping duties.

Haddin was named on Friday as Ricky Ponting's deputy for the PM's game, with fellow Canberrans Jono Dean and Nick Winter (12th man) also selected.

Cricket ACT is also hopeful the two-week recovery is accurate.

"Obviously we're excited that Brad's in the team with Ricky and we know that Brad is definitely looking forward to playing," chief executive Mark Vergano said.

If Haddin is ruled out, he could still make an appearance in Canberra, with Australia playing a day-night one-day international, also against the West Indies, at Manuka on February 6.

Inverarity has continually indicated Haddin is the back-up to incumbent keeper Matthew Wade, putting him in the picture not only for the ODI at Manuka, but upcoming tours of India and England later in the year.

''There's a real chance we'll take two wicketkeepers to India and/or to England and, as I've said before, the two best keeper-batsmen in the country are he and Matthew Wade," Inverarity said.

He said Australia had plenty of options to cover Haddin's loss.

''I think the wicketkeeping stocks in Australia are very good, [Tim] Ludeman's doing very well for South Australia, [Tim] Paine obviously is gaining confidence and coming back, [Peter] Handscomb and [Tom] Triffitt are two very good young keeper-batsmen and of course Peter Nevill is a very good player too,'' Inverarity said.

Paine was widely touted to take over from Haddin in the Australian team, but was cruelled by a recurring finger injury that put his career in jeopardy.

When Haddin left the West Indies tour last year for personal reasons, Wade was left with the job which he has since made his own.

Paine fell out of favour with selectors when his form with the bat waned on his return.

2 comments

  • I don't agree with Inverarity's use of terminology, namely "keeper-batsman". I think the term he needs to use more often than not is "batsman-keeper", unless he's talking about someone who actually keeps better than, or at least as well as, he bats. Someone like Tim Ludeman, for example, or Chris Hartley. Or maybe Tim Paine.

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    January 15, 2013, 1:23PM
    • Why oh why do the selectors keep going back to Haddin?

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      January 15, 2013, 2:01PM
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