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Ricky Ponting will have surgery on the fractured little finger of his left hand, Cricket Australia today announced

Ricky Ponting will tomorrow have surgery on the fractured finger he suffered during the third Ashes Test in Perth.

Ponting was injured when he parried a catch from second slip to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to dismiss England's Jonathan Trott late on day three at the WACA.

Australia won that Test to square the series at 1-1 and Ponting then played in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which England won by an innings to retain the Ashes with a game to spare.

A further x-ray ruled Ponting out of the final Test, which began today - when Cricket Australia confirmed he was to undergo surgery on the little finger on his left hand.

CA last week appointed Michael Clarke captain for the one-day series that follows the Ashes and today confirmed Ponting is likely to miss that rubber but is expected to return for the World Cup, which starts in February.

“Ricky had further x-rays today on his fractured finger, which have shown that the bone fragment has further displaced and will not heal without surgery. As such Ricky will have surgery tomorrow,” CA physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“He is expected to miss the Commonwealth Bank one-day international series against England and recover in time for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup on the sub-continent.”

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