Aussies play down Haddin’s injury

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Australia's management have rushed to assure fans that wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's shoulder is not as injured as initially feared, and they still think he'll be fit to face South Africa in the upcoming ODIs.

Though Haddin had always been rested for the first two games against the Proteas, the injury he picked up while keeping in Abu Dhabi was thought to be serious enough to keep him out of the later three games.

But the Aussies say he'll be fine, and that his shoulder was not dislocated when he dived to take a catch against Pakistan. While he gave the gloves to David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, that was more of a precaution.

Alex Kountouris, the team physio said: "Brad has an AC joint injury that we x-rayed during the game and that showed there was no fracture.

"He will return to Sydney and have treatment and depending on his recovery that will determine his availability for the ODI series against South Africa."

Skipper Michael Clarke said he was sure Haddin would be fit for the Proteas, let alone the Indians in December. When asked if Haddin would be good to go against India, he said: "Yeah definitely.

"I'm hopeful that he'll still take part in the one-day series against South Africa.

"I think he went for a scan and there was no break there so it's just bruising. He's in a little bit of pain still today but I think in 10 days' time and Hadds will be a lot better than where he is now."

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