Thursday, May 29, 2008

Haydos pulls out

Matthew Hayden will return home from Australia's tour of West Indies after failing to recover from the Achilles injury which ruled him out of last week's first Test in Kingston.

The 36-year-old opener did not even attempt to pass a fitness test in the lead up to that match after struggling to run in the three weeks leading up to the match.

It had been hoped he would shrug off the complaint in time for the commencement of the second Test in Antigua on Friday. However, such is the extent of the injury he has been forced to withdraw from the remainder of the three-Test and five one-day international tour.

"Matthew Hayden's right Achilles tendon injury has not made sufficient progress during his time in the West Indies and as such he will not be able to participate in the second Test and was highly unlikely to be available for the third Test," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

"With the large volume of cricket to be played over the next 18 months it was decided he should return to Australia to undergo rehabilitation and consult specialists.

"This means he will not be available for the five one-day internationals against the West Indies."

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