Australia news October 3, 2012

Haddin satisfied he's done all he can

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Brad Haddin speaks with the assured air of a man who knows he has done all he can to regain his Test place for Australia when the team is named for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane next month.

Following a winter of personal trauma, in which his daughter Mia was diagnosed with cancer, Haddin has benefited from a strong pre-season with New South Wales, and showed he was in good fettle with bat and gloves during two Sheffield Shield matches in September.

Pleased with how he kept wicket against Western Australia in Perth, Haddin followed up with a first innings century against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval, and effected a snappy legside stumping off the bowling of Trent Copeland in the second innings to underline his sharpness.

Now helming the Sydney Sixers' preparations for a tilt at the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa, Haddin said selection for the Brisbane Test - ahead of Matthew Wade who deputised ably for Haddin in the Caribbean earlier this year - would follow naturally provided he kept himself in decent touch with the gloves and the bat.

"Selection is the easy part, if you're performing well there's no topic of conversation about it, and if you're not performing the way you should then it's open for debate," Haddin said.

"From that point of view my mindset is the same as when I started playing, I've just got to make sure I'm in the best possible space I can be as a cricketer, and everything else takes care of itself.

"There's enough to worry about as a team without worrying about selection. If you're playing well as a team and winning games, more guys get pushed on to higher honours. I'm happy with where my game's at batting, keeping and just enjoying being back playing cricket."

Haddin's desire to be with his family at a time of adversity meant he departed suddenly from the West Indies tour in March, and since then the matter of his international availability has been an open question. He remained in touch with Australia's coach Mickey Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and the national selector John Inverarity, and took his place as a contracted player when the slimmed-down list was announced in June.

While Wade retained the limited overs gloves he had taken from Haddin on merit last summer, there remains the strong sense that Haddin, having shown his readiness for NSW, will retake the Test gloves in November.

"The pre-season has been good. With the way international cricket is shaped these days you don't often get a long pre-season, so it was good to get a pre-season under my belt and get my body where I needed it to," Haddin said. "But the bottom line is cricket's about performance and that's what you've got to do, you've got to make sure you do your pre-season, the reason you do it is to get out on the pitch and perform."

The Sixers' qualification for the Champions League, thanks to their victory in the inaugural BBL last summer, means a choppy preparation for several members of Australia's likely Test squad, including Haddin, Shane Watson and Pat Cummins. Haddin said the players would deal with it as best they can, and felt happy he at least had been able to play a pair of Shield games before departing for the event.

"That's international cricket these days, you chop and change formats and that's been happening for a long time now, so from that point of view it's not that big a change," Haddin said. "What's good about it actually is getting the volume from a cricket point of view, the Shield has given us a chance to get some cricket and some miles in our legs.

"I find preparing for tournaments like a T20 event, there's no better way to do it than actually get some longer form cricket, so your body gets used to playing cricket again. You can go through all your processes, get all your shapes right, without having to rush into the T20 format. Now it's just a bit of maintenance and making sure we get the squad together and everyone knows what we need to do once we get to South Africa, because with these tournaments it is very important to start well."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • bumsonseats on October 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    the aussies just seem to want to hold on to the few stars left from their better sides of the past. it does not work you have to move on. their die hard supporters on here have to understand that. ponting has lost 3 ashes series and it will be a reminder to him for years, his name will always be remembered for that not that he was the 2nd greatest aussie batter of all time, thats just the way it is. under normal circumstances it would have been lost one and your out. due to the dearth of batting talent they dread doing it. whats going wrong with the process of batting talent coming through, a decade ago there was good batters scoring tons of runs in state cricket who could not get a sniff at a place. now guys like hughes are given chance after chance and after an average county season no doubt some guy will be shouting his swift return. what next dan christian selected now that will be a killer blow.

  • ygkd on October 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I'm a Victorian and I'll spruik Hartley. Anyone see the T20 WC semi-final and hear Ian Bishop say Badree was being relieved of the ball for Narine? Two balls later and Wade's gone. Narine never played in that test series (he had no WI central contract) and went to Kolkata in the IPL where he was Player of the Tournament.

  • one-on-the-arm on October 4, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Just about everything wrong with Australian cricket summed up neatly in one article. Pre-season is about self-promotion it seems and the NSW publicity machine is without peer in this regard. 'Selection is the easy part, if you're performing well...' Tell that to the countless cricketers who 'perform well' throughout their entire Shield Careers but have the misfortune of not playing for the Blues, let alone have the ear of the Captain, the Selectors and no doubt some well sourced journalists too. Haddin has to get back in line - Wade's series-winning ton against the WI on a slow, low wicket was one for the ages. If memory serves me correctly, he was the ONLY Australian bat to hit a ton in that series, and he did it when it counted most. He got his shot (albeit in tragic circumstances) and took it. That's sport - that's life and no amount of self-promoting puff pieces will change that. A bit of humility please. Wade to play the First test.

  • Simoc on October 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The point missed in comments is that Haddin is the incumbent keeper, out of the test team through unfortunate circumstances, not through being dropped. He may be dropped now but probably not given his form. Wicket keepers tend to improve dramatically at international level, through necessity. A bad wicket keeper drops catches and messes up runouts, something Haddin was doing early on against India. Then he got better. Queenslanders spruik Hartley but no-one else is interested.

  • zenboomerang on October 4, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Seeing that Clarke has already said that Haddin will be welcomed back into the Test squad there sadly will be no room for Wade, even though Wade managed a match winning 100 & was the MoM in the decisive 3rd Test in the WI's... Seeing that Haddin will be turning 35 in a few days, surely Clarke has to look for the future - but CA in their mystical wisdom renewed Haddins central contract after a year in which both his keeping & batting deteriated... If he was a bowler he'd be in the dressing room with Dougy...

  • ygkd on October 4, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Haddin lasted about three years with a test average over 39.6 (and made 3 test tons in that time) - Wade has played only 3 matches and averages 39.6 with one ton. I've been as critical of Haddin as the next but we should get the facts right about his batting record.

  • Chris_P on October 4, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @__PK. I would suggest, the last time Australia ever picked the best gloveman available would have been Brian Taber in the late 60's. There were better glovemen than Marsh, Healy & Giilchrist when they were first selected, so don't go holding your breath for any retro policies.

  • Chris_P on October 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @HawK89 I am all for honest opinions & even subtle sledges, but you say Wade "can't stay in with the bat.". His last test he scored 106 runs! That sort of places your credibility with whatever else you offer under a lot of pressure does it not?..LOL.....

  • on October 4, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I hate to say this, but I think Haddin's time has passed. Wade and Payne should be the focus of the selectors.

  • GMFoley on October 4, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Haddin will be picked for the South Africa series- they need as many experienced players as possible. The side will then undergo a regeneration for the two Ashes series' next year, probably Ponting and Haddin retiring at the end of the SA series, Wade and Hughes to come back, Watson to drop into number 5. Rest of the batting to work around that.

  • bumsonseats on October 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    the aussies just seem to want to hold on to the few stars left from their better sides of the past. it does not work you have to move on. their die hard supporters on here have to understand that. ponting has lost 3 ashes series and it will be a reminder to him for years, his name will always be remembered for that not that he was the 2nd greatest aussie batter of all time, thats just the way it is. under normal circumstances it would have been lost one and your out. due to the dearth of batting talent they dread doing it. whats going wrong with the process of batting talent coming through, a decade ago there was good batters scoring tons of runs in state cricket who could not get a sniff at a place. now guys like hughes are given chance after chance and after an average county season no doubt some guy will be shouting his swift return. what next dan christian selected now that will be a killer blow.

  • ygkd on October 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I'm a Victorian and I'll spruik Hartley. Anyone see the T20 WC semi-final and hear Ian Bishop say Badree was being relieved of the ball for Narine? Two balls later and Wade's gone. Narine never played in that test series (he had no WI central contract) and went to Kolkata in the IPL where he was Player of the Tournament.

  • one-on-the-arm on October 4, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Just about everything wrong with Australian cricket summed up neatly in one article. Pre-season is about self-promotion it seems and the NSW publicity machine is without peer in this regard. 'Selection is the easy part, if you're performing well...' Tell that to the countless cricketers who 'perform well' throughout their entire Shield Careers but have the misfortune of not playing for the Blues, let alone have the ear of the Captain, the Selectors and no doubt some well sourced journalists too. Haddin has to get back in line - Wade's series-winning ton against the WI on a slow, low wicket was one for the ages. If memory serves me correctly, he was the ONLY Australian bat to hit a ton in that series, and he did it when it counted most. He got his shot (albeit in tragic circumstances) and took it. That's sport - that's life and no amount of self-promoting puff pieces will change that. A bit of humility please. Wade to play the First test.

  • Simoc on October 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The point missed in comments is that Haddin is the incumbent keeper, out of the test team through unfortunate circumstances, not through being dropped. He may be dropped now but probably not given his form. Wicket keepers tend to improve dramatically at international level, through necessity. A bad wicket keeper drops catches and messes up runouts, something Haddin was doing early on against India. Then he got better. Queenslanders spruik Hartley but no-one else is interested.

  • zenboomerang on October 4, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Seeing that Clarke has already said that Haddin will be welcomed back into the Test squad there sadly will be no room for Wade, even though Wade managed a match winning 100 & was the MoM in the decisive 3rd Test in the WI's... Seeing that Haddin will be turning 35 in a few days, surely Clarke has to look for the future - but CA in their mystical wisdom renewed Haddins central contract after a year in which both his keeping & batting deteriated... If he was a bowler he'd be in the dressing room with Dougy...

  • ygkd on October 4, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Haddin lasted about three years with a test average over 39.6 (and made 3 test tons in that time) - Wade has played only 3 matches and averages 39.6 with one ton. I've been as critical of Haddin as the next but we should get the facts right about his batting record.

  • Chris_P on October 4, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @__PK. I would suggest, the last time Australia ever picked the best gloveman available would have been Brian Taber in the late 60's. There were better glovemen than Marsh, Healy & Giilchrist when they were first selected, so don't go holding your breath for any retro policies.

  • Chris_P on October 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @HawK89 I am all for honest opinions & even subtle sledges, but you say Wade "can't stay in with the bat.". His last test he scored 106 runs! That sort of places your credibility with whatever else you offer under a lot of pressure does it not?..LOL.....

  • on October 4, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I hate to say this, but I think Haddin's time has passed. Wade and Payne should be the focus of the selectors.

  • GMFoley on October 4, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Haddin will be picked for the South Africa series- they need as many experienced players as possible. The side will then undergo a regeneration for the two Ashes series' next year, probably Ponting and Haddin retiring at the end of the SA series, Wade and Hughes to come back, Watson to drop into number 5. Rest of the batting to work around that.

  • Meety on October 4, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    In my books Wade has exceeded expectations in the Test arena & should retain his spot. I am sad for Haddin's circumstances, & wish him the best. @KeithMillersHair on (October 03 2012, 15:46 PM GMT) - great comment, last sentence was so true. I think the NSP are trying to weigh up whether to take Haddin's poor form as being caused by circumstance or age/usefulness reasons. IMO. Wade has to stuff up to lose his place, & Haddin has to play the house down to be considered next in line. @Mark Le Bherz - top comments. I think Haddin's ton was a very good one, & I also agree that IF keeping skills were the PRIME reason for selection, Hartley should be the first picked, but Gilly has forever distorted that. Actually I would back Hartley's bating over Paine anyday. Hartley averages 1 ton every 20 innings in FC, Paine 1 in 90+! Hartley has a slightly higher average.

  • __PK on October 3, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    He certainly has done all he can. But we need more. Keep Wade, but if we drop him, it's gotta be for Hartley. Remember when keepers used to be keepers, not batsmen who were too slow to field well? Hartley is the best keeper by a country mile and he's just come off a 100 in one of those deadly early-season games at The Gabba.

  • KeithMillersHair on October 3, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    This is a ridiculous. Matthew Wade made 106 in his last test match and won the match and the series for Australia. Wade kept perfectly well in his three test matches too. He has a test average of almost 40 and a first class average of over 40 - both better than Brad Haddin's. Haddin had been way way out of form for an extended period of time prior to returning home early from the Windies and was on the verge of being dropped. If Australian selectors drop the incumbent test keeper (a 24yo century maker) for a 35 year old with a significantly poorer record over the last two years then t will show they have learnt nothing. Ridiculous that it's even being talked about. Even more ridiculous that it will probably happen. (On more important matters - I hope that Haddin's daughter is going well, thoughts are with the family obviously.)

  • Beertjie on October 3, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Spot-on @stormy16! Paine deserves opportunities, too. Hope he stays in the A-side to play SA next month and gets opportunities if he does well. But that won't happen. Pup (like Punter before him) has his favourites, so Haddin it will be, whatever we may think. So much for Argus!

  • Mary_786 on October 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Get Wade in, Haddin should not be so complacent about his position, one century in shield does not make up for 2 poor seasons plus we need to look to the future.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 3, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Aussies going back to failed Haddin - their desperate search for Test-level cricketers continues comically onwards.

  • stormy16 on October 3, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Am I missing something here? Haddin was because his batting and keeping were both poor for a long time. I dont see how he is even close to selection in any Australian team and isnt this guy on the wrong side of 30? I think Wade has done a decent job and surely it would be Paine the next choice. I recall Paine's injury is what have Wade the chance.

  • Qudhar on October 3, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    The guy has enough experience give him another short on the big stage and soon he will retire.

  • on October 3, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I see Wade in the test format as working progress but in the shorter formats I see Wade as not having enough power,particularly through the off side on slow turning pitches to get 6's when they are needed. I would see Haddin more for the shorter formats as he can bat but questions still remain over his keeping.I would be tempted to play Haddin as a specialist batsmen for the first test against south Africa.

    My team for the 1st test would be...

    Warner Watson Ponting Clarke Hussey Haddin Wade(Wkt) Starc Cummings Pattinson Lyon/Beer/Hogg(if he wants to play Test cricket)

  • on October 3, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but didn't Wade hit a hundred in the last Test Australia played? Seems a bit harsh to me to drop him, especially since the bloke to replace him will be preparing with Mickey Mouse stuff

  • OneEyedAussie on October 3, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    If Haddin returns to the Australian side, he has two home seasons in him at best. I think getting Wade more experience at this point is a better long-term (and arguably even short-term) option.

  • featurewriter on October 3, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    The best keeper in Australia is Chris Hartley. The guy is a freak behind the stumps. I'd pick Hartley over Haddin, Wade or Paine any day. Hartley reminds me of Healy.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 3, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    He scored 114 in his last match but otherwise has had a string of single digit scores. Haddin is long gone. Wade all the way.

  • Dashgar on October 3, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    How about we keep going with a young player who has done a great job.

  • PFEL on October 3, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Article makes it seem as though haddin is almost an automatic selection. I think Wade had the spot well and truely cemented.

  • HawK89 on October 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Haddin or Paine needs to come back to the Test side. Wade can't hack it. Drops too many regulation catches and can't stay in with the bat. Wade is already in the T20 and ODI side, and its taking its toll. Hes already complained about wicket keeping first then opening the batting in ODI.

  • tinkertinker on October 3, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Haddin was awful for over a year, he kept poorly and batted irresponsibly and now one domestic ton and all is forgiven?

    If our team stays a closed club for clarke and pontings "boys" then another ashes thrashing is coming soon.

  • Matt. on October 3, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Haddin doesn't deserve a place by default. If Wade is failing AND Haddin is performing the most consistently in shield, then sure. He's been a passenger far too long

  • McGoogly on October 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Don't select him again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 3, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Also comparision is irrelevent as Hartly is a better keeper ( which should be the main consideration) and also he is the best TEST batsman out of them and from what ive seen is most capable of playing a fighting innnings to save the match. pitty he is from QLD so wont be picked

  • on October 3, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @DXRIX quotig the score out of context a bit mate that ton come in a match were the top order faild the top 3 scored 1 run between them and they were 4 -64 when hadden came to the crease and his 60 run partnership with smith and haddens 160 run partniship with henriques left them at 6-292 saving the innings and helping set henriques up for his supurb innings.

  • Gordo85 on October 3, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Haddin needs to be more consistent with both bat and gloves. It is all very well and good for him to be saying he has done all he can but the truth is he still needs to do more. Hartley would be a better choice if he can keep up his good work plus Hartley is younger and proberly better behind the stumps than Haddin. So if Haddin doesn't do enough and if Paine doesn't do enough the only one to replace Wade would be Hartley.

  • Artiebees on October 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Haddin should be selected imo. At least for the Gabba test so he can prove himself with a good score. If he fails then over to Wade.

  • Heisenburg on October 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Please, no! Don't select Haddin selectors! Wade hasn't been doing too good in limited overs, however he deserves more time in tests, his century in his previous test won us the match!

  • on October 3, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Haddin is too old, let wade have it

  • DXRXI on October 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well am I missing something here? He has scored 2, 114 (in an overall team score of 442) and 7 and taken seven catches and one stumping in two first-class matches. Does that count as uber-strong performance?

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  • DXRXI on October 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well am I missing something here? He has scored 2, 114 (in an overall team score of 442) and 7 and taken seven catches and one stumping in two first-class matches. Does that count as uber-strong performance?

  • on October 3, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Haddin is too old, let wade have it

  • Heisenburg on October 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Please, no! Don't select Haddin selectors! Wade hasn't been doing too good in limited overs, however he deserves more time in tests, his century in his previous test won us the match!

  • Artiebees on October 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Haddin should be selected imo. At least for the Gabba test so he can prove himself with a good score. If he fails then over to Wade.

  • Gordo85 on October 3, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Haddin needs to be more consistent with both bat and gloves. It is all very well and good for him to be saying he has done all he can but the truth is he still needs to do more. Hartley would be a better choice if he can keep up his good work plus Hartley is younger and proberly better behind the stumps than Haddin. So if Haddin doesn't do enough and if Paine doesn't do enough the only one to replace Wade would be Hartley.

  • on October 3, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @DXRIX quotig the score out of context a bit mate that ton come in a match were the top order faild the top 3 scored 1 run between them and they were 4 -64 when hadden came to the crease and his 60 run partnership with smith and haddens 160 run partniship with henriques left them at 6-292 saving the innings and helping set henriques up for his supurb innings.

  • on October 3, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Also comparision is irrelevent as Hartly is a better keeper ( which should be the main consideration) and also he is the best TEST batsman out of them and from what ive seen is most capable of playing a fighting innnings to save the match. pitty he is from QLD so wont be picked

  • McGoogly on October 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Don't select him again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt. on October 3, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Haddin doesn't deserve a place by default. If Wade is failing AND Haddin is performing the most consistently in shield, then sure. He's been a passenger far too long

  • tinkertinker on October 3, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Haddin was awful for over a year, he kept poorly and batted irresponsibly and now one domestic ton and all is forgiven?

    If our team stays a closed club for clarke and pontings "boys" then another ashes thrashing is coming soon.