Australia news September 22, 2011

Haddin retires from Twenty20 internationals

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Australia's wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin, has confirmed his retirement from Twenty20 internationals, a move he hopes will allow him to focus more on Test and ODI cricket. Haddin, who turns 34 next month, has followed the lead of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, both of whom have given up the shortest format over the past two years.

The move will allow Tim Paine to take a permanent place in Australia's Twenty20 side, although he might not be available for the next two matches against South Africa in October. Paine is recovering from a broken finger and if he is not fit by the time the squad departs, the Victoria gloveman Matthew Wade would be in line to make his international debut.

Haddin played 25 Twenty20s for Australia, mostly batting in the middle to lower order despite being a one-day international opener during much of that time. He averaged 18 and did not make a half-century, but he did have the honour of being the country's fourth captain in the format, when he led the side against New Zealand and Pakistan in 2009.

He will continue to play domestic Twenty20, having been named captain of the Sydney Sixers in the new Big Bash League to be played this summer. Haddin, who had a disappointing Test tour of Sri Lanka with a highest score of 35 in the three Tests, said he hoped his decision would allow him to prolong his Test and ODI career.

"I thoroughly enjoy Twenty20 cricket and have taken great pride from playing all three forms of the game for Australia," Haddin said. "However I feel the time is now right for me to concentrate on Test and ODI cricket.

"This decision has been made to prolong my effectiveness in these formats and provide me further time to prepare for the demands of ODI and Test cricket. I remain extremely determined to play cricket for Australia and believe this decision will help achieve this.

"I remain committed and very excited by my role as captain of the Sydney Sixers in the KFC Big Bash League and also with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League but look forward to the periods of downtime throughout the international season this decision will create."

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  • Andrew on September 25, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    @youngkeepersdad - interesting thoughts. IMO - If our batting was strong such that the w/k could be selected SOLELY on keeping skills, I think Hartley is the man. However, the drive to have keepers as allrounders means it will inevitably come down to batting skills v par keeping skills.

  • Randolph on September 24, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @hyclass could be right so we'll give Haddin the SA tour to impress, just as we should with Jono. Last chance though guys. Paine is chomping at the bit. We don't want to make another mistake as we did with Gilly and only bring him in at 29yo. Think of all the years we missed! On a serious note though, Haddin's keeping is actually COSTING us NOT only in RUNS but WICKETS. If he can't rectify this soon it is definitely time to go. Batting for a keeper is a bonus, glavework is the number 1 aspect which should be looked at and lately Haddin is downright awful.

  • Philip on September 24, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    I was trying to say before my laptop got bumped that my son reckoned Paine's more considered batting approach may be a good foil in the event of wickets falling, so bat him at four in T20s.

  • Philip on September 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Just had a look at the T20 records of Paine & Haddin. Averages are about the same, but guess who has the higher strike rate (sample size is not a factor)? Paine actually. My son reckons that Wade's batting would largely replicate what's already there and Paine's m

  • Philip on September 24, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    There is no long-term gain without Paine, although Hartley could justifiably dispute that - he's not yet 30 is he? I may be a Vic, but I am not convinced Wade's glovework is of the same standard as those two from what I've seen of him. Mind you, I would understand if Wade was selected for T20s. Glovework is not a high consideration in that form and he does give the ball a bit of a whack. As for Paine in ODIs, I wouldn't open with him. Ever. His List A record is rather sluggish (although quicker I think than Hartley's and better than Haddin's latest SL ODI performances). Still, I'm sure Paine can improve. I just think he's taken a different route to that of Wade. Paine, to me, has more long-form batting skills and with time he can easily extend that to minding the middle overs of ODIs. Wade seems to have come from the other end of the spectrum and is well-suited to heave-ho stuff. My question - why do wk have to open? That said, I've always encouraged my own son to do it! Just in case!

  • Christopher on September 24, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    This emphasises one of the points i made before the SL tour and have continued to make since.Because that tour was the coup de grace of the departing administration,it began and continued along those unsettled principles which were repudiated by Argus. It must be clear at this point, that very little of the side is settled,even after the tour.Lyon was a statistical failure.People are calling for Haddins head. others want Katich and Kahwaja.There are still Bollinger and O'Keefe to take into account.Many are calling for Johnson to be removed.Others still want Ponting or Clarke out.For anyone with a clear mind and the intelligence to view what has and is taking place,none of these are indications of a successful tour.Until the new coach,team manager,selectors and administration are fully settled,the principles by which this team may succeed,are still in flux.The best that can be said,is that the individualpieces have quality.Clarke is an excelleny captain.Nielsen is gone

  • Andrew on September 23, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    @landl47 - oh well I suppose Strauss should be sacked hey? He's 34! SRT should of retired 5 or 6 yrs ago too! LOL! @hyclass - agree 100% (maybe 101%)! LOL! I'd just temper the comments on Paine by saying - I think he is a great Test candidate (possible captaincy material), but I think he sucks in ODIs. Wade (maybe Neville too), & Hartley deserve a crack (although I fear he will never be recognised), & Ronchi for T20s. I actually think that Paine may be one of those rarities who's Test averages may end up being better than his FC stats. Wade to me has more upside though. (Love to hear @younkeepersdad's thought????)

  • Christopher on September 23, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Id like to see Haddin given the opportunity to work with a new coach in the new Test team environment.Its easy to forget his 360 runs at 45 with 136 and 3 x 50s in the last Ashes or his 332 runs at 55 in the WC. Calls for his retirement seem premature.According to Argus,the environment that these players have endured for 4 years has been so toxic,that only the removal of almost the entire CA employment roster has been seen to be acceptable. Its only a few days since the coach, a former wicketkeeper,fell on his sword. Reason suggests that of all the players,Nielsen should have been able to extract the best from Haddin.Rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater,why not wait and see what coaches,selectors and administrators,who operate on principles of accountability,excellence and commonality of purpose,can do with this group.With regard to a support keeper,Paine is very limited by his strike rate in all forms of cricket.A keeper like Wade or Neville might address that issue.

  • Gordon on September 23, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    This is a rather good call indeed. It is mostly down to the fact that he has had a shocking series and to be honest he should be dropped from the next Test squad. He needs to make runs which he has not been doing. Also his age is counting against him which will mean in the not too distant future he will hang up the gloves I mean what is the good of delaying it for as long as you can would it be to block the youth coming through that often happens here in Australia?

  • Wayne on September 23, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Well, unlike the Indian players like who stick around for Donkeys years to all formats of the game like tests, one dayers and T20s only for the money, Ad sponsors and individual personal records, the Aussies like the English and S. Africans have shown that they play for their country and do not block the path of upcoming youngsters. Look at players like Gilchrist, McGrath, Vaughn, Shaun Pollock etc., they played for around 10 years and left the game not because they were out of form but because they cared for the younger generation and did not want to prove to be a thorn in their selection as they too have ambitions to wear the country cap.

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