‘Injured’ Haddin withdraws from England one-day series

Sydney: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has withdrawn from the impending England one-day series due to an elbow injury.

Haddin had been battling the pain since the Boxing Day Test, but said it became impossible to manage during last month`s Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"It`s like having tennis elbow. It has gradually deteriorated to the point where I can`t hold a bat," a newspaper quoted Haddin, as saying.

"The frustrating thing about it is I can still wicketkeep - everything else is fine, but I can`t pick up a cricket bat and to play cricket you have to be able to bat," he added.

The 32-year-old, however, said that he hopes to recover in time for the Pakistan Test series that will be staged in England.

"I had to wait a bit after the [Twenty20] World Cup to allow it calm down, it [the tendon] was pretty angry because we played constant cricket. I have to basically get the strength back into it [the tendon] and see how it responds," he added.

"I`m hopeful I can be ready for Pakistan, but if I`m not I`ll have eight weeks to get the strength back [in time for the Australian summer]," he added.

The England tour comprises five ODIs against England followed by two Twenty20 internationals and two Tests against Pakistan.