West Indies v Australia, Twenty20 international, Barbados June 18, 2008

Haddin in doubt for Twenty20 match

Cricinfo staff


Luke Ronchi watched the third Test from the sidelines but he might be called in for Friday's Twenty20 international © Getty Images
 

Luke Ronchi could be in line for his Twenty20 international debut as Brad Haddin continues to battle a broken finger. Haddin said he could play the match against West Indies in Barbados on Friday but with a five-game ODI series to follow, he thinks resting for the Twenty20 might be his best option.

"I'd be fit to play and if I had to play the T20, I'd obviously like to," Haddin told AAP. "But I won't lie to you, having the next eight days to do nothing I reckon would settle the hand right down."

Haddin broke the ring finger on his right hand during the first Test in Jamaica nearly a month ago and carried the injury through the rest of the series. An infection exacerbated the problem ahead of the Barbados Test and Ronchi was flown to Bridgetown as cover, although he was not required.

"It was uncomfortable [in the third Test], but it's come through the game a lot better than I hoped to be honest," Haddin said. "It holds me in pretty good stead for the one-dayers.

"I was actually a bit nervous going in to the Test match that I wasn't going to be able to play the one-dayers after the infection, but it's come through a lot better than I thought. I'd be fit to play Friday, but I'd also like to give it a chance to calm down so I can play in the whole one-day series."

If Ronchi does debut on Friday it could well be alongside his fellow uncapped Western Australian Shaun Marsh, who has joined the squad as a one-day specialist following a brilliant stint in the Indian Premier League. Australia could enter the Twenty20 match without Andrew Symonds, who suffered back spasms during the third Test.

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