Australia v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Perth February 2, 2009

Haddin calls 'cheat' claims poor and low

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Brad Haddin's glovework is under the microscope following the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee Series © Getty Images

Daniel Vettori was disappointed Brad Haddin did not make an effort to prevent Neil Broom from leaving the field after the wicketkeeper dislodged the bails in a bowled dismissal in Perth. New Zealand went on to win the game on the last ball, but Broom's exit came at a critical time, ending his 42-run partnership with Ross Taylor.

Haddin's gloves were in front of the stumps and knocked off the bails, with Michael Clarke's delivery also appearing to head over the stumps. Neither umpire noticed Haddin's movement, which should have led to a no-ball, but it was clear on the replay.

"I think you saw from Haddin's reaction that he knew something was wrong so he probably should have made more noise about it," Vettori told NZPA after the win. "It is [disappointing] because I thought that was the partnership that was going to win the game, so it put us under a bit more pressure. We've just got to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Haddin called Vettori's response "poor" and "low", but maintained the ball hit the stumps before his gloves. "I'm pretty disappointed in Dan that he didn't have the decency to come and speak to me after the game if he had an issue with it rather than air his thoughts in a press conference," Haddin told AAP. "I think the polite or the decent thing to do would be to come and ask me. He's played a lot of cricket now and he knows too well what happens with these situations, so I thought it was a bit low. I think it's quite poor."

He said he was unaware at the time that his hands were ahead of the wickets. "After looking at the replay, my hands were in front of the stumps," he said. "But the ball, I'm 100% positive, hit the bails first and then came up into my gloves." Under the Laws, a no-ball should be called if the wicketkeeper does not stay behind the stumps until the ball touches the batsman, passes the stumps, or a run is attempted.

Ponting spoke before he had seen a replay but challenged Vettori to be sure of his Haddin criticism. "It's a bit much, he's basically claiming [Haddin's] a cheat, isn't he? That's a bit strong unless they're 100% certain.

"We'll wait and see. If [a replay] does show anything that Brad is in the clear, I'll certainly be letting Daniel know about it. It's probably worth Haddin having a chat to him as well. He's basically had a bit of a crack at Haddin's make-up."

Haddin told Ponting the ball had hit the top of off stump. "The umpire gave it out and the batsman walked off, and the next I heard of it was when I was asked about it at the end of play," Ponting said. "[Haddin] obviously didn't know, because if he knew then he wouldn't have claimed it. Whatever we're saying about Brad Haddin here, you can't say that knowingly happened, that is for sure."

Ponting's night grew worse when he was fined 20% of his match fee after being two overs behind the required rate. The rest of the team received 10% punishments. Australia get the chance to hit back in the second match of the Chappell-Hadlee Series in Melbourne on Friday.

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  • Ralph on February 3, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    I'm not an international wicketkeeper but I find it astonishing that Haddin can say he didn't know his hands were in front of the stumps. Surely at this level a keeper would know where his hands are. The other point Haddin made that after viewing a replay he was 100% certain the ball had hit the top of the stumps before coming up into his gloves is equally amazing. In my opinion there is no doubt that the ball did not contact the bails or stumps at any time. He gloved the ball then his gloves contacted the bails dislodging them. It's also hard to fathom how a ball could possibly hit the stumps and then "come up into my gloves" when the gloves were in front of the stumps. Haddin and by association Ponting have dug themselves into a hole on this matter and the absence of any apology is a prime example of the "Ugly Australian" philosophies of winning by any means necessary, we are always in the right and how dare anyone hint at us being unethical?

  • N on February 3, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    I see that Haddin is filling Gilchrist's shoes nicely. Pretty audacious of him to demand an apology instead of proffering one.

  • Victor on February 3, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    Brad Haddin should have owned up to it. This isn't the 1st time his sportsmanship has come into question. last year in India, he tried to stop a ball by throwing his glove at it. Australian domination in cricket is in decline and so is their sportsmanship and integrity.

  • Syed on February 3, 2009, 5:35 GMT

    What's next Haddin throwing your gloves at the ball to stop a run, wait a've already done it. Thanks to technology or else one would probably think Haddin's right, try to be an adult at least when you're International stage, the match wasn't broadcasted in Australia only.

  • Syed on February 3, 2009, 5:22 GMT

    We all make mistakes, we're humans. Yes a simple apology would do the trick and when everyone can see that Haddin is wrong, Ponting shouldn't defend and Haddin should apologise to none more than Daniel Vettori & Broom. There're many young players now in the team show'em the right way not just winning at any cost, set good examples.

  • Conrad on February 3, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    ....desperate times call for desperate measures.... This whole scenario just proves how dispirited the Aussie team is after the Proteas running all over them. Haddins post match comments are plain crazy..... The whole world saw the replay! No one's ever going to put any weight on his or Pontings word again. Had Haddin called back Broom , sure it may well have cost them the match ,but at least they would have walked off the park with heads high knowing they very nearly defended a poor batting innings with outstanding bowling etc.They would have taken confidence and Ponting into the next game. Instead they walk off losers , who , even with lucky breaks on Broom and McCullum couldn't beat an injury depleted NZ side....Now the kiwis take some confidence , even though their top order looked totally mesmerized . Watch them turn that around now! Pity there's no Ryder to really make merry Hell out there.Lets hope the umpiring improves next game too. Do we need the referral system?

  • Michael on February 3, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    I HAVE seen the replay - The only person Haddin is kidding is himself if he believes that ball hit the stumps. As usual, motor-mouth Ponting files off the handle without checking the facts. It's so delightful to see this arrogant, nasty cricket side unravel at the seams!!!

  • Hamish on February 3, 2009, 2:35 GMT

    There are a few different issues here. Firstly the ball should have been a no-ball because Haddin's gloves were in front of the stumps. I don't think anybody has denied that. Secondly the question of whether the ball hit the bails or not. I don't believe it did and I can't see how it could have finished up taken in Haddin's gloves if it had. Haddin's reaction after seeing the replay is, IMO, poor. He'd have been much better to say he can understand Vettori's disappointment and will try and talk to him before the next match to work things over. Lastly the question of whether Haddin knew what had happened. That's a much harder one to answer. For people who say that a keeper watches the ball into his hands and should have seen it that's generally true; but the number of perfectly ordinary takes Haddin has missed this summer show that he doesn't. So he might have been unware of what was going on.

  • Sathiamurthy on February 3, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    I wish the Aussies read all the comments in this forum and understand what rest of the world thinks about the current Aussie team. I am not sure on the number of times that Aussies had the decency to speak to the opponents if they have some issue with a dismissal. As my school teacher used to say, the true color of someone comes out not during the good times but in the bad times. These are all bad times for Aussies and what we see now is their true color. Long live Aussies spirit for the game. I am sure than Ponting will come up with his own definition for the spirit of the game. Funnily, he will also defend that his definition is only applicable for Aussies and if anyone else does, it is not spirit of cricket. I am proud of not being an Aussie.

  • vishAL on February 3, 2009, 1:26 GMT

    Ricky being a captain should actually come forward and accept the mistake and set up an example for the team,come on Ricky .You are the CAPTAIN WHO is leading the team,instead of taking side of his player who knew it all the time..........How can a keeper doesn't know what he is doing.....

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