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October 15, 2006
Matthew Hayden, the Australian Test opener, will undergo a scan for a possible crack to the little finger on his right hand sustained during Queensland's defeat against Tasmania in the Pura Cup at Brisbane. However, Dr Simon Carter, the team doctor, said Hayden was in no doubt for the first Ashes Test.
Initial x-rays did not show a fracture after he attempted a catch, but he will undergo more tests after batting in pain at No. 7. He scored 36 off 46 balls as Queensland slumped to a seven-wicket defeat.
"The X-ray was inconclusive. His hand is still sore and that's why he batted late today," Dr Carter said. "He's going to have another scan tomorrow to get a definitive answer on whether he has a small fracture, but either way if there is a [crack] he won't be in doubt."
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