Brad Haddin’s injury hampers Australia’s selection plans

Brad Haddin scored a half-century before being forced to leave the field with a hamstring injury in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Adelaide © Getty Images

Adelaide: Jan 13, 2013

Australia’s plan of sending two wicketkeepers for the upcoming tour of India and the Ashes was served with a severe blow as Brad Haddin suffered a hamstring injury during the second ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Haddin, who hurt his hamstring while running between the wickets towards the end of his innings of 50 from 67 balls, was struggling to stay on his feet and eventually left the field.

Coach and selector Mickey Arthur had earlier voiced his desire to keep Haddin in the scheme of things to put pressure on Matthew Wade, whose glovework was recently criticised by former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.

But this injury could keep Haddin out of New South Wales’ next game in the Sheffield Shield from Jan 24 and probably even the tour of India, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

To add to Australia’s misery, Sri Lanka went on to level the ODI series with a thumping win in the second ODI as Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne brought up his century when he scored the winning runs at
Adelaide Oval.

Haddin was picked for the first two ODIs after Wade was given a rest with the latter set to return for the remainder of the ODI series.