Australia have drafted in Chris Hartley, an uncapped wicketkeeper, for tomorrow’s two-day match against England Lions at Canterbury to provide cover for Brad Haddin and Graham Manou.
Haddin fractured his ring finger half-an-hour before the start of the third Test at Edgbaston and England gave Australia permission for Manou to make his debut in his place. But Manou has aggravated a hand injury that he sustained while batting at Edgbaston, and neither player will be risked for the Australians’ final warm-up ahead of the fifth and final Ashes Test.
Hartley, 27, who plays for Queensland, arrived at Canterbury last night having played for Chorley Cricket Club in the Northern League near Manchester this season.
“Brad Haddin is recovering from a fractured finger sustained prior to the third Test in Edgbaston. To maximise his recovery, he will not play the game against the English Lions at Canterbury,” said the Australia physio, Alex Kountouris.
“Graham Manou sustained a right-hand injury during the third Test in Edgbaston. He was making good progress and unfortunately re-aggravated the injury two days ago. As such he will not play against the Lions to maximise his recovery and have him in the best possible condition for the fifth Ashes Test.”
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