New South Wales September 30, 2004

Haddin to lead depleted NSW squad

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Haddin will lead NSW in Katich's absence © Getty Images

When New South Wales play their first game this season, they will be depleted, but undaunted. Steve and Mark Waugh have retired, Michael Bevan has shifted to Tasmania, and Glenn McGrath, Simon Katich, Brett Lee and Michael Clarke are all touring India. Yet, there is a fair amount of international experience in the side, and the squad announced will still be a handful to take on.

Brad Haddin, Australia's reserve one-day wicketkeeper, has been named captain for their first game, the ING Cup match against Queensland at the Gabba on October 10. The squad also includes former Test players Stuart MacGill, Nathan Bracken and Matthew Nicholson.

The squad is set to assemble for a pre-season camp at Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Squad Brad Haddin (capt and wk), Nathan Bracken, Shawn Bradstreet, Stuart Clark, Phil Jaques, Jason Krejza, Greg Mail, Stuart MacGill, Don Nash, Matthew Nicholson, Aaron O'Brien, Matthew Phelps, Dominic Thornely.