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Australia wait on Haddin

Australia are hoping wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's hamstring injury is not too serious and will be available again before the end of the month.

Haddin picked up the problem during yesterday's eight-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the second one-day international at the Adelaide Oval, where the 35-year-old top-scored with 50 in Australia's disappointing 170 all out.

With Matthew Wade to return to the side after being rested, Haddin was likely to miss the remainder of the one-day series against Sri Lanka anyway, but of more concern to the national selectors is the upcoming tour of India.

Australia play four Tests in India on a tour which Haddin was likely to be part of as a back-up keeper and reserve batsman.

"We don't know exactly (the severity of the injury)," national selector John Inverarity told reporters.

"We are hoping it is not too serious, (that) it is a couple of weeks and nothing more than that.

"There's a real chance we will take two wicketkeepers to India and or to England and as I've said before, we consider the two best keeper-batsmen in the country (to be him) and Matthew Wade."

Tasmanian Tim Paine would seem to be the likely replacement for Haddin if he cannot travel to the subcontinent, with the 28-year-old in terrific form with the bat for the Hobart Hurricanes.

But Inverarity nominated a whole host of options to potentially replace Haddin.

"We've got a lot of options there," he said.

"I think the wicketkeeping stocks in Australia at the moment are very good. (Tim) Ludeman's doing very well for South Australia, Paine obviously is gaining confidence and coming back (from injury).

"And (Peter) Handscomb and (Tom) Triffitt are two very good young keeper-batsmen and of course Peter Nevill is a very good player too."