Sydney: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been officially ruled out of Australia"s Champions Trophy title defence in South Africa later this month because of a broken finger.
The New South Wales gloveman had surgery on the ring finger of his left hand after returning home from Australia"s unsuccessful Ashes tour.
“After discussion with Brad"s surgeon and the Cricket Australia medical staff, it is clear Brad will not have recovered sufficiently for him to be considered for any part of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa," team doctor Trefor James said on Thursday.
Haddin said he was disappointed to miss the series but at least the surgery had been a success, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“My finger will be 100 per cent when the recovery period is finalised. I am aiming to be available for selection for the one-day series in India (in October)," he said.
“In the past I have been able to recover from finger injuries and surgery very quickly and I am hopeful this will again be the case," he added.
Australia have asked the International Cricket Council to allow Tasmania''s Tim Paine to replace Haddin in their 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy.