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Paine steps into Haddin breach

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Tim Paine salutes his maiden ODI ton at the hands of England in last year's NatWest Series game at Trent Bridge

Tim Paine will replace the injured Brad Haddin as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first part of their forthcoming tour to England and Ireland.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris yesterday confirmed that Haddin had been ruled out of the one-day international leg of the tour through a tennis elbow injury.

Paine, the 25-year-old Tasmania player, is the sole keeper named in Australia’s part for a single one-day international against Ireland, followed by a five-match NatWest Series against England, concluding on July 3.

Haddin’s injury will be reassessed ahead of two Twenty20 internationals and two neutral Test matches against Pakistan in England.

Kountouris said: "Brad has been struggling with tendon elbow pain while batting during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup (sic).

“As with most tendon injuries, time is required to allow the pain to settle and gradually increase the tendon load.

“As such, Brad will not be taking part in the ODI matches against Ireland and England. His availability for the Twenty20 internationals and Tests matches against Pakistan in the UK will be dependant on his progress over the next few weeks.”

Paine has fond memories of ODI cricket in England, having hit his maiden century against England at Trent Bridge last summer.

Victoria's Matthew Wade will replace Paine in the Australia A squad to take on Sri Lanka at home.

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