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Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting & Shane Watson

Ricky Ponting, centre, inspects the damage caused by parrying Jonathan Trott's thick edge to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, left

Ricky Ponting’s Ashes participation is in doubt after it was confirmed that he fractured his finger in the third Test at the WACA.

In dropping Jonathan Trott at second slip off Mitchell Johnson in the penultimate over of the day, the Australia captain damaged the little finger on his left hand.

Having seen Brad Haddin pouch the rebound to account for Trott, Ponting immediately left the field - he therefore missed the dismissal of Paul Collingwood to the final ball of the day - and Cricket Australia revealed today that the x-ray Ponting had after play last night revealed a break.

Although Ponting took part in the warm-up and physio Alex Kountouris did not rule out the prospect of his leading Australia out this morning, Michael Clarke in fact took charge when England resumed on 81 for five in their second innings, chasing a now notional 391 for victory.

Ponting’s absence, however, raised concerns over his fitness for the remaining two Tests of the series, which continues at the MCG on Boxing Day.

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