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Brad Haddin will not return to England for NatWest Series as he prepares to undergo surgery on a fractured finger

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will play no part in the Twenty20 internationals and NatWest Series against England after it was revealed he faces surgery on a fractured finger.

The injury, sustained during the warm-up, kept him out of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, but he returned to play through the pain in the final two matches of the series.

Haddin flew home after the Ashes to be assessed by a specialist, ruling him out of the initial stages of the one-day leg of the tour, but it was confirmed today that he will miss both Twenty20s and the seven 50-over contests.

Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said: “Brad Haddin was reviewed today by a hand surgeon in Sydney. It’s been decided that the fracture of the ring finger of the left hand will be best dealt with by Brad having surgery.

“Brad will undergo corrective surgery in Sydney tomorrow. He will therefore not be available for the limited-over internationals in England.”

Haddin’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, which starts on September 22, is also in doubt.

“His fitness for the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa and the ODI series in India in October and November will be reviewed at a later date,” added James.

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