A fractured finger just before the third Test has cast a shadow on Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin's participation in the rest of the Ashes series with coach Tim Nielsel saying keeping wickets in such a condition may further aggravate his injury.
Nielsen said Haddin is in doubt for at least the fourth Test at Leeds, which starts next week, and the team was waiting for more information on the gloveman's prognosis from a specialist in Australia.
Haddin fractured his finger just minutes before the start of the third Test in almost the same spot where Glenn McGrath sprained his ankle during the warmup for the corresponding game four summers ago.
"He was catching the fast bowlers at the end of the warm up. Knowing we were batting, he stayed out to catch a few extra balls, one dipped a bit and hit him on the end of the left ring finger and he's got a fracture in the last part of his finger," Nielsen was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.
"We'll send the pictures off to Australia tonight. When the doc had a look, it was unstable, a real risk that if he played it was broken worse. We'd have to be careful looking at the fourth Test, but we don't know," he added.