IPL 2014 news February 10, 2014

Haddin pulls out of IPL, cites family reasons

Brad Haddin, the Australia wicketkeeper-batsman who was one of Australia's star performers during the recent Ashes whitewash, has decided to skip this season of the IPL, citing family reasons.

Haddin ended the recent Ashes as the second-highest run-getter, and his 493 runs was the fourth highest by a wicketkeeper in a Test series. He is currently preparing for a full series against South Africa, which starts on Wednesday.

Despite being one of the most reliable keeper-batsmen around, Haddin has been forced to skip most IPL seasons, either due to injury or national commitments. His only on-field appearance during the lucrative league was in April 2011, when he scored a 11-ball 18 while opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royals Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata. However, his Ashes exploits had helped him command the highest base price of Rs 20 million ($320,000, approx).

Haddin joins England batsman Eoin Morgan and South Africa fast bowler Chris Morris as players who have pulled out of the IPL auction, to be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. While Morgan has decided to skip the league to try and get into Test side by playing county cricket, Morris has been sidelined for six months with an ankle injury. The auction list has now been pruned to 511.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • David on February 11, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @tom120, Nick Maddinson is a very promisong batsman, but is NOT a wicketkeeper.

  • ESPN on February 11, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    @tom120: You see some of Gilly in Maddinson? He isn't even a keeper, he's a batsman only!

  • Tom on February 10, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    God help me. Wade is the worst wicketkeeper. Tim paine, Whiteman are good wicketkeepers. But, I'm excited about Madinson, there is a little glimpse of Gilly in him. He should try to be more patient, he could be a good test keeper, I guess.

  • Jay on February 10, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Haddin is useless in T20s anyway. Nobody would have bid for him even if he put his name forward at the auction. So this is all good. Have fun with your young family Hads and just focus on test cricket because you have found your mojo in the longest form of the game.

  • Manan on February 10, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Australia Should gamble with Phil Huges as wicket keeper batsman. It will gives a long term stability to there batting line up. My ideal Aus test team would be

    1)Warner 2)Rogers 3)Alex Doolan 4)Clerk 5)Smith 6)Huges(wk)7)Faulkner 8)Nathan o coulter 9)Johnson 10)Ryan harris 11) Nathan lyon.

    Watson,Hadding & Siddle will be in my XI untill they are performing. But the above team is long term solution. Its good mix of young & exp guys.

  • suresh kumar on February 10, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    haddin is not a good t20 player.

  • Bryn on February 10, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    wade the next best? no. tim paine is, followed by sam whiteman, followed by peter nevill

  • Nicholas on February 10, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Makes perfect sense. If Wade is the next-best wicket-keeper batsman Australia have got, then it's absolutely vital Haddin stays available for national duty.

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