Haddin hoping to make a comback in India tour

Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 16:52 [IST]
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Haddin hopeful of making a return

Australian Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin is hoping for a comeback to the Australian team for the tour of India after undergoing a blood treatment of his elbow injury.

The 32-year-old, who has played 27 Tests since Adam Gilchrist retired his wicketkeeper gloves, missed last month's one-day series against England and the two Tests played against Pakistan because of the injury.

He sustained the injury in March while playing against New Zealand and aggravated it during the T20 World Cup in England.

Haddin is buoyed by the relief he experienced after a recent blood treatment that has been used to help fast-track American footballers recover from ligament injuries.

The procedure involves blood being drawn from his body and the red blood cells and plasma separated. A doctor injected the resultant concentration of platelets back into the affected area, and Haddin said he's felt relief ever since.

"I've had two (procedures) and the second injection seemed to calm the tendon down and that has allowed me to get some strength back into my arm," he claimed.

"Touch wood, but it hasn't responded badly at all, I've been 'shadow batting', which I guess is a bit like playing air guitar, and it's a good sign," he was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Australia is scheduled to visit India for a two-Test and three-ODI tour starting from October 1.


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