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Injured Brad Haddin will miss Pakistan Test series

Brad Haddin
Haddin scored a century against New Zealand in March

Brad Haddin is to sit out Australia's two-match Test series against Pakistan because of an elbow injury.

The wicketkeeper has failed a fitness test and will be replaced by Tim Paine.

But fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus will play after being named in the Australia squad for the series, which takes place in England for security reasons.

The 27-year-old, the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the 2009 Ashes series, has been out of action after suffering knee tendinitis.

Also in the squad is paceman Mitchell Johnson and uncapped batsman Usman Khawaja.

The two-Test series against Pakistan begins on 13 July at Lord's.

Speaking on Wednesday, Haddin said: "It is extremely disappointing to miss any match for your country and especially frustrating in this situation where I can do everything but pick up a cricket bat.

"I have been extremely aggressive in the treatment process of this tendon injury doing everything I possibly could to play in the upcoming Test matches against Pakistan.

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"Unfortunately yesterday I hit about six balls and could still feel some pain. After seeing the specialist in Sydney today he has advised me that the best course of action is to take a slow and steady approach to getting it right."

Haddin said he hoped to be back in action for the tour of Indian in October.

Hilfenhaus has been sidelined since winning the man-of-the-match award in the first Test victory over the West Indies last November.

The Tasmanian missed the remaining five Tests of the Australian summer against West Indies and Pakistan, along with the tour to New Zealand.

But he is back in the squad after posting figures of 5-80 in Australia A's 107-run win over Sri Lanka A at the weekend.

His selection steps up his preparation for the Ashes series against England which starts in Brisbane in November.

"Ben Hilfenhaus has successfully returned from injury during the current Australia A series in Queensland," said National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch.

Ben Hilfenhaus
Hilfenhaus' return will be a big boost for Australia ahead of the Ashes series

"Ben was a critical member of our 2009 Ashes bowling group and it is very pleasing to see him back in the Test squad with the next Ashes series just around the corner."

Khawaja, 23, who was born in Pakistan but moved to Australia as a youngster, was named in the side because of a shoulder injury sustained by opening batsman Phillip Hughes.

The New South Wales batsman would become the first Muslim to play for Australia.

Hilditch said: "Usman Khawaja has been selected on the back of some very strong (domestic first class) performances.

"He is seen as being capable of batting anywhere in the order in Test cricket, but importantly for this particular series a top-order batsman who could bat in the top four should the opportunity arise."

The series against Australia is taking place on neutral territory in England because of ongoing concerns about the security of teams touring Pakistan.

Pakistan and Australia play two Twenty20 internationals at Edgbaston on 5 and 6 July.

The second Test starts on 21 July at Headingley.


Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja, Marcus North, Steven Smith, Shane Watson.



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