Haddin out of Test series
Regular keeper ruled out of Pakistan Test series through injury
Last Updated: 23/06/10 9:27am
Haddin: Injury problems
Brad Haddin has been forced out of Australia's Test squad to face Pakistan next month, and has again been replaced by Tim Paine.
Australia's regular gloveman Haddin has been missing of late due to an elbow tendon injury, but had hoped to play in the two-Test series with Pakistan in England.
However, he is still feeling the injury and has been advised to continue to rest the problem, meaning he will miss out on the 14-man Test squad.
Paine will take Haddin's place behind the stumps for the two Tests, just as he has done for the one-day international series against England.
"It is extremely disappointing to miss any match for your country and especially frustrating in this situation where I can do everything but pick up a cricket bat," Haddin said.
"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.
"Unfortunately yesterday I hit about six balls and could still feel some pain. After seeing the specialist in Sydney today he has advised me that the best course of action is to take a slow and steady approach to getting it right.
"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."
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch had no problems in selecting Paine after being impressed with his performances at international level.
"We feel he has the skills and temperament to do extremely well in Test cricket for Australia," Hilditch said.
"It is a well-deserved opportunity which we are sure Tim will make the most of during the series against Pakistan."