Explosives unlinked to Haddins, cops say

An explosive device found outside Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's Sydney home on Friday is said to be unlinked to the player, with local police saying the rudimentary bomb appeared to be randomly discarded.

A neighbour of the Haddin family, who are in England now, found the two gas cannisters connected with a used wick on the lawn, and contacted the police. They have decided that a trouble-maker left the device there without knowing who lived in the house.

Ryde Local Area Command Superintendent John Duncan said in a statement: "There is nothing at this time to indicate this incident is anything other than random.

"The item is not sophisticated. All the indications at this stage of our investigation suggest that whoever had possession of this item has discarded it on the nature strip.

"I urge anyone with information about unusual or suspicious activity in the area yesterday to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately."

This is likely to be the last of the Haddin family's worries, as they are dealing with daughter Mia's illness in London. Haddin withdrew from the second Ashes Test to be with her, and it was confirmed that her cancer, which first showed up in 2012, was back.