Australia news January 7, 2013

Haddin set to go to Ashes

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Brad Haddin is the man to fill the leadership and experience void left by the retirements of Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting, after the coach Mickey Arthur indicated Australia's No. 2 gloveman has all but booked his ticket to the Ashes.

Recalled to the ODI team while Matthew Wade rests for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka, Haddin's commission is expected to extend well beyond that as a senior pro in a squad now characterised by more youthful and uncertain faces. Arthur's confirmation that two glovemen will be taken to England means Haddin need only maintain his strong form this summer to make his spot safe. There is also consideration being given to taking him to India primarily as a batsman.

Shocked as Arthur, the captain Michael Clarke and the selectors were by Hussey's decision to retire while still providing a critical link on the batting order, their thoughts have turned to Haddin as the next best option to provide an experienced head and immaculate training standards around the dressing room. Wade's standing as the No.1 wicketkeeper is not in dispute, but Haddin will now be a figure of considerable use to Clarke and his team.

"We've probably looked at a full group of 20, 21 players we need to cut down to take to India," Arthur said. "Obviously there are two keepers in the 20, 21 at the moment - but whether we take two keepers I'm not sure. I do know we'll be taking two keepers to the Ashes in England though.

"So really that's important we know who our second keeper is and he's comfortable that he knows exactly where he stands as well. At the moment the second keeper is definitely Brad Haddin."

Since rushing home from the West Indies tour last year to be with his family as his daughter Mia battled cancer, Haddin has won plenty of admiration for fighting his way back to the fringes of the national side by playing strong for New South Wales. Some games this summer have had Haddin spending the night by his daughter's bedside in hospital then going out the next day to bat for the Blues, something he has done to great effect while making 337 runs at 67.40 in four Shield matches, with two centuries.

"In all honesty cricket was not anywhere in my thoughts," Haddin had said in Brisbane after hearing of his recall. "When something like that happens your life is put on hold. I have been lucky that things have gone in the right direction enough to allow me to be back playing cricket. But in all honestly I wasn't thinking about cricket at all. I would not be playing cricket now if it affected my family. I am no different to anyone. Your family comes first."

Haddin has indicated his willingness to be part of the squad as Wade's back-up, and so provide guidance for Clarke and the rest of the team that was lost when Ponting then Hussey elected to draw their international careers to a close. "I have played enough cricket now to offer a little bit in that area," Haddin said. "It is an exciting team for the first game.

"You remember back to when you first started how exciting it was to have guys around giving you those little tips. I was lucky to have Haydos [Matthew Hayden] barking at me and pushing me in the right direction. I have been lucky enough to have a couple of tours to England, one as the No. 1 keeper and one behind Adam Gilchrist. From that point of view I would be ready to go in whatever capacity they want."

While Haddin was delighted to be recalled having not expected to return, the younger gloveman Tim Paine must bide his time again. Australia A will tour England ahead of the Ashes tour, and this may now be the trip Paine makes to the UK rather than the Ashes tour he would have liked to be part of after making a sterling return from a serious finger injury.

"Tim's been knocking on the door," Arthur said. "Tim's performances are getting better for Tasmania and the Hurricanes. We still feel right now that at this particular moment though that Brad Haddin is the second keeper to Matthew Wade in all forms. Painey just needs to keep working, keep working hard, keep knocking the door down and he'll certainly put his name up in lights as well."

Aside from Haddin, the likes of Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch and the stand-in captain George Bailey now have the chance to press their cases for higher honours due to the bevy of players rested from the first two ODIs. Arthur baulked at the suggestion of the series being used as a Test trial but agreed now was the chance for a younger generation to show their aptitude and desire for national duty.

"There's massive opportunity for somebody to put their hand up and really tell us they're around," Arthur said. "Someone who can really win us games and really make his mark, because losing Ponting and Hussey in the last four Test matches, we've only lost 250 Test caps ... so if I was a young batsman in Australia at the moment it's a massively exciting time.

"Some really good performances can give you a gig in all forms. So we are really hoping that somebody puts their hand up. I'm really excited about working with this younger group of batsmen, it really excites me and I'm sure somebody is going to stand up and make a real name for themselves."

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

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  • Mary_786 on January 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Simple solution... watson in, Khawaja in, cowan out though i am not sure if I would take Haddin over Cowan for the ashes.

    1. Shane Watson

    2. David Warner

    3. Phil Hughes

    4. Michael Clarke

    5. Usman Khawaja

    6. Dave Hussey / Moises Henriques (Hussey in India / Henriques in England)

    7. Matthew Wade

    8. Mitchell Johnson

    9. Nathan Lyon 10. James Pattinson 11. Jackson Bird 12. Peter Siddle 13. Pat Cummins 14. Alex Doolan 15. Brad Haddin

  • FazleAbed on January 7, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Its a very good move. It is not important that he is in 11 or not, important thing is he will be available to motivate players like usman, huges, cowan warner (4 most important guy in test matches for Australia). 5 pace bowlers 1 spinner, 2 wk, 7 batsman should be the team. Dont need any all rounders (considering watson as batsman).

  • Meety on January 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I am happy with Haddin going on both Indian & Ashes tours, I think he has been brilliant in the Shield. Experience will be important within the squad & I think that what Arthurs says re: Haddin is sound. I would NOT play Haddin as a specialist batsmen in England - IMO, he is not good enuff in that respect. I do believe, he is one of Oz's best players of spin & COULD be worthy of a specialist batting slot in India. I am not overly keen for Haddin to play in the ODIs v Sri Lanka though. I would love to see Oz do something different there. IMO - Paine is not an ODI solution for Oz, I would of gone with Neville, Hartley or Ludeman instead. Paine IMO is a Test candidate primarily, & maybe a T20 option too. As an ODI batsmen, his S/R & average is too low, I am happy to pick a keeper on batting ability only in ODIs & T20s, (tests are a different matter).

  • on January 10, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    1. Cowan 2. Warner 3. Hughes 4. Khawaja 5. Clarke 6. Watson 7. Haddin / Wade 8. Johnson / Smith 9. Siddle 10. Pattinson 11. Lyon 12. Starc 13. Cummins

    This team bats to 10 and Lyon can hit some runs. Play Smith and we bat to 11.

    Watson only plays if he bowls, otherwise play Cutting

    If you play Wade, don't worry about playing spinners. Not really an option in India.

  • crh8971 on January 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Tim Paine is averaging under 15 in the Shield this season and was a relative failure with the bat on the Aus A tour of England in the winter. Australia will not play a wicket keeper who cannot bat no matter how good they are with the gloves. Hopefully Wade can work on his keeping to the spinners (he is fine against the quicks) as he is definitely the best batsmen of the keeping options. The squad for the Ashes is still far from certain. Not sure how many they will want to take but they will definitely need 5 quicks which should be Pattinson, Siddle, Johnson, Starc & Bird. Lyon is the likely spinner but perhaps Zampa could be a Bolter as a second spinner (only spin bowler with a 5 wicket match this season). Wade is the keeper & it appears Haddin could be selected as a back up as both specialist keeper and batsmen (only bat with 2 100's is the Shield this season). Batsmen to be Warner, Hughes, Kawahja, Clarke, plus 3 of Cowan, Doolan, Watson, Maxwell & Hussey.

  • on January 9, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I cannot believe that they have chosen Haddin again. Seriously, his keeping is a disgrace, how many byes and dropped catches does have to give away before someone wakes up???? Tim PAINE should be next cab off the rank. And in addition to shockingly inept keeping, Haddin has to be the mouthiest cricketer bar none.

  • popcorn on January 9, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Brad Haddin is A BETTER WICKET KEEPER THAN MATHEW WADE, but his BYING IS UNDEPENDABLE - unlike Mathew Wade. How will they select between the two? Mathew Wade as a BATSMAN ONLY?

  • Mad_Hamish on January 9, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Couldn't we actually take 1 person who can actually keep wickets to a high standard? Paine is looking good this summer with the gloves and already has 2 50s in India so when you look at the horrible swipe Wade did in the 2nd innings in Sydney would probably be more use in front of the stumps as well.

  • hycIass on January 9, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Furthermore, for the Ashes, I'd like to see: Warner, Watson,Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Burns, Wade, Cutting, Pattinson, Bird, Krezja. 12th Man: Cummins. Furthermore, I'd like to see David Warner promoted to Vice Captain, to shake him into major responsibility. It did wonders for Punter Ponting years ago. Khawaja and Paine would be the changes as we focus on the future as Paine can backup Wade.

  • DeathPoke on January 8, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    1. Hughes - Selectors are just waiting for Cowan or Warner to slump to justify hughes moving back where he belongs (cowan suffers here). 2. Warner - Much more comfortable than Cowan at the moment and looking like a decent opener. 3. Khawaja - This is where the selectors wanted him from day 1, he should get an extended run here. 4. Clarke 5. Doolan - Deserves his chance with the season he has had. 6. Watson - Has to play as a dedicated all-rounder or not at all! Is not an opener and never will be. Bowling is a neccesity! 7. Wade - Made a few blunders against SL but not crucial errors, is slowly cementing his place. 8. Johnson - I think he has done enough of late to be the AUS aggresor, at least until ENG shut him down during the ashes... 9. Pattinson - Youth aggression and actual accuracy (im looking at you Starc). 10. Lyon - Getting better every game. 11. Bird - is the word! 12. Siddle - If things need tightening up we drop Johnson and take sids.

    Thats my game 12 for ENG

  • Mary_786 on January 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Simple solution... watson in, Khawaja in, cowan out though i am not sure if I would take Haddin over Cowan for the ashes.

    1. Shane Watson

    2. David Warner

    3. Phil Hughes

    4. Michael Clarke

    5. Usman Khawaja

    6. Dave Hussey / Moises Henriques (Hussey in India / Henriques in England)

    7. Matthew Wade

    8. Mitchell Johnson

    9. Nathan Lyon 10. James Pattinson 11. Jackson Bird 12. Peter Siddle 13. Pat Cummins 14. Alex Doolan 15. Brad Haddin

  • FazleAbed on January 7, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Its a very good move. It is not important that he is in 11 or not, important thing is he will be available to motivate players like usman, huges, cowan warner (4 most important guy in test matches for Australia). 5 pace bowlers 1 spinner, 2 wk, 7 batsman should be the team. Dont need any all rounders (considering watson as batsman).

  • Meety on January 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I am happy with Haddin going on both Indian & Ashes tours, I think he has been brilliant in the Shield. Experience will be important within the squad & I think that what Arthurs says re: Haddin is sound. I would NOT play Haddin as a specialist batsmen in England - IMO, he is not good enuff in that respect. I do believe, he is one of Oz's best players of spin & COULD be worthy of a specialist batting slot in India. I am not overly keen for Haddin to play in the ODIs v Sri Lanka though. I would love to see Oz do something different there. IMO - Paine is not an ODI solution for Oz, I would of gone with Neville, Hartley or Ludeman instead. Paine IMO is a Test candidate primarily, & maybe a T20 option too. As an ODI batsmen, his S/R & average is too low, I am happy to pick a keeper on batting ability only in ODIs & T20s, (tests are a different matter).

  • on January 10, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    1. Cowan 2. Warner 3. Hughes 4. Khawaja 5. Clarke 6. Watson 7. Haddin / Wade 8. Johnson / Smith 9. Siddle 10. Pattinson 11. Lyon 12. Starc 13. Cummins

    This team bats to 10 and Lyon can hit some runs. Play Smith and we bat to 11.

    Watson only plays if he bowls, otherwise play Cutting

    If you play Wade, don't worry about playing spinners. Not really an option in India.

  • crh8971 on January 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Tim Paine is averaging under 15 in the Shield this season and was a relative failure with the bat on the Aus A tour of England in the winter. Australia will not play a wicket keeper who cannot bat no matter how good they are with the gloves. Hopefully Wade can work on his keeping to the spinners (he is fine against the quicks) as he is definitely the best batsmen of the keeping options. The squad for the Ashes is still far from certain. Not sure how many they will want to take but they will definitely need 5 quicks which should be Pattinson, Siddle, Johnson, Starc & Bird. Lyon is the likely spinner but perhaps Zampa could be a Bolter as a second spinner (only spin bowler with a 5 wicket match this season). Wade is the keeper & it appears Haddin could be selected as a back up as both specialist keeper and batsmen (only bat with 2 100's is the Shield this season). Batsmen to be Warner, Hughes, Kawahja, Clarke, plus 3 of Cowan, Doolan, Watson, Maxwell & Hussey.

  • on January 9, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I cannot believe that they have chosen Haddin again. Seriously, his keeping is a disgrace, how many byes and dropped catches does have to give away before someone wakes up???? Tim PAINE should be next cab off the rank. And in addition to shockingly inept keeping, Haddin has to be the mouthiest cricketer bar none.

  • popcorn on January 9, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Brad Haddin is A BETTER WICKET KEEPER THAN MATHEW WADE, but his BYING IS UNDEPENDABLE - unlike Mathew Wade. How will they select between the two? Mathew Wade as a BATSMAN ONLY?

  • Mad_Hamish on January 9, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Couldn't we actually take 1 person who can actually keep wickets to a high standard? Paine is looking good this summer with the gloves and already has 2 50s in India so when you look at the horrible swipe Wade did in the 2nd innings in Sydney would probably be more use in front of the stumps as well.

  • hycIass on January 9, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Furthermore, for the Ashes, I'd like to see: Warner, Watson,Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Burns, Wade, Cutting, Pattinson, Bird, Krezja. 12th Man: Cummins. Furthermore, I'd like to see David Warner promoted to Vice Captain, to shake him into major responsibility. It did wonders for Punter Ponting years ago. Khawaja and Paine would be the changes as we focus on the future as Paine can backup Wade.

  • DeathPoke on January 8, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    1. Hughes - Selectors are just waiting for Cowan or Warner to slump to justify hughes moving back where he belongs (cowan suffers here). 2. Warner - Much more comfortable than Cowan at the moment and looking like a decent opener. 3. Khawaja - This is where the selectors wanted him from day 1, he should get an extended run here. 4. Clarke 5. Doolan - Deserves his chance with the season he has had. 6. Watson - Has to play as a dedicated all-rounder or not at all! Is not an opener and never will be. Bowling is a neccesity! 7. Wade - Made a few blunders against SL but not crucial errors, is slowly cementing his place. 8. Johnson - I think he has done enough of late to be the AUS aggresor, at least until ENG shut him down during the ashes... 9. Pattinson - Youth aggression and actual accuracy (im looking at you Starc). 10. Lyon - Getting better every game. 11. Bird - is the word! 12. Siddle - If things need tightening up we drop Johnson and take sids.

    Thats my game 12 for ENG

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 8, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Can't stop laughing at the idea of Haddin being back in the team in time for yet another Ashes defeat.

  • featurewriter on January 8, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Macca_mat: Agree with you mate. I think I'd go David Hussey in England and India though, given his abilities against spin and his good history on the English domestic circuit. I agree that Henriques is a good fit for the Ashes - but I think Butterworth would give us more options there (he is a great seamer and can swing the ball; plus he can bat). On a separate issue, they won't take two keepers to India, instead they'll take an extra spinner. I think they'd be better served to go with Hauritz, but it looks like they want to see what Maxwell has (Krezja is another option; as is young leg-spinner Boyce from Queensland). That said, Haddin is one of the top two or three players of spin in the country (along with Clarke, Hodge and David Hussey), so he may get the nod as a specialist batsman. Seems unlikely though, from what Arthur indicates about not taking two keepers.

  • Big-Dog on January 8, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    What a joke Australias selectors have become. Their selections cost Aust the Perth test against SA & now this. Haddin was dropped from the ODI side over three years ago because he was past it & now we are to believe he is once again good enough? Paines batting form has improved markedly & he has always been a better gloveman & should have been Wades stand-in. Also, I don't know why so many people think Khawaja should be an automatic selection. He is still to prove himself at the top level & after having failed once, he would not be first choice in my team.

  • billybob95 on January 8, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Wade is awful behind the stumps. Doesn't move his hands to catch a ball of off lyon and missed three catches from him. No matter how many runs he scores if he drops cook early that can be the game gone. No need for a man behind the stumps who can't keep. Bring in a good keeper not a good batter who can kind of keep.

  • huttse96 on January 8, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    i think we need another spinner to partner nathan lyon lyons doing a great job but in india u definatly play 2 spinners i think cameron boyce should be picked a good young leggie coming through the ranks the squad i would pick is 1. warner 2.cowan3.hughes4.watson5.clarke6.khawja7.wade.8.johnson9.pattenson10.siddle11.bird12.lyon13.boyce14.haddin15.luke feldman16.starc

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    You have to wonder at it all. Clarke will hopefully be rather like Greg Chappell was in '77- a forlorn figure.

  • I-Like-Cricket on January 8, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Am I the only one who'd consider Cowan at 6? Watson's stats show that he's better suited to being an opener who bowls a little, regardless of what he says. But Hussey had the ability to get himself in on any pitch, just running quick singles and what not, slowly creeping to his 50 then really letting go. I could see Cowan taking up a similar role, his ball placement is great and he could hang around with Clarke or Wade making the big scores he just really needs to work on his running between wickets.

  • Sunil_Batra on January 8, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @benhuseyin obviously you haven't watched Khawaja this season. The fact is that Khawaja was asked to improve on 2 things, fielding and running between wickets, he has done both in abundance this year. Furthermore he has scored on extremely difficult tracks against Tasmania where he outscored Tasmania and also against a star NSW attack where he outscored the likes of Clark, Warner and Watson. He has the best technique out of all the younger batsman going around and he has to be the best replacement for Punter. The fact he was captain against the Sri Lankans in the warm up game shows the selectors are seeing the improvements they wanted. Good luck to him. As for Haddin i wouldn't take Haddin and only bring him in if there is a injury to Wade.

  • Blakey on January 8, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @Jasper173, have you been watching Jackson Bird's bowling since he came into the team? Ha has done everything Hilfenhaus did AND took early wickets. As much as I like Hilfy, Bird is currently a better option (McGrath/Clark like). There will be some interesting calls having to be made around the fast bowlers. Having seen Starc and Johnson at the SCG, I don't think they fit a balanced attack. And then you have to fit Pattinson in if he is available. Johnson could not have done more than what he has in his 3 tests this summer and is perhaps more tidy than Starc.Unless Maxwell develops enough to leave Lyon out, the team may keep Johnson as #7

  • Meety on January 8, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @ landl47 on (January 07 2013, 15:41 PM GMT) - Oz will have scope to pick two w/k as I believe that there will be an A-tour in England at about the same time as the Ashes. So we should of have options.

  • potofazherbaizan on January 7, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Aus should make use of their world-class tail. Jonhson can bat really well and get hundreds, Mitchell Starc has an average of 30, Pattinson has an average of 38, Peter Siddle stays in for some time to allow the batsmen to score. My team for Ashes: 1. Watson 2. Warner 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Wade 7. Johnson 8. Pattinson 9. Siddle 10. Lyon 11. Bird/Starc

    5 specialist batsmen, a wicketkeeper who bats pretty well, and a tail with a potential of adding another 100-150 runs. I don't see the need of an allrounder or Brad Haddin.

  • on January 7, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    In the team (not squad) haddin and wade should play and wade could bowl a bit

  • Nanas on January 7, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    If we fast forwarded to 5 years time. Brad Haddin retires, is there a case for Paine and Wade to co-exist in the test team much like Prasanna Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara?

  • cheesemethod on January 7, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Just remember that Haddin was batting in the same slot as matty wade. How this role in test cricket is played is completely dependant on the state of the game. Sometimes you have to play a patience innings and sometimes you have to get a move on, saying he throws his wicket away can be taken out of context (yes I do remember his last couple of innings when he did but you can't judge a guys whole career on that). As an NZer I hated Haddin coming in, he was durable but also knew how to smash us out of the park. I don't know the current situation of his daughter but her recovery is far more important than any of the selection dramas

  • Jasper173 on January 7, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Can't believe Hilfenhaus (the swing bowler) has dropped off all these lists for England. Am I the only one who has noticed how awful Wade's keeping has been. Haddin was picked on by Healey and the media last year for keeping lapses, bu they are minor compared to Wade's indiscretions this summer.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 7, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    whats he gonna teach the young players? how to throw away your wicket with stupid shots? i would not take his leadership at all. england would love to hear this

  • landl47 on January 7, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    The problem with taking two W/Ks to England is that either the squad has to be at least 17 or the number of seam bowlers has to be reduced (I'm guessing that Lyon plus part-timers will be the spin option). Allowing for the fact that Cummins is not going to be fit, Aus has Siddle, Johnson, Starc, Pattinson, Hilf and Bird, with Harris a possibility if he's fit. Easy to say drop Hilf, but he was Aus's best bowler in 2009 and a year ago was bowling very well. His style is ideal for England. If 6 seamers, 1 spinner and 2 W/Ks make the trip, then the specialist batting becomes pretty thin. None of the bowlers should bat above #8- Johnson's the best of them and his average over 50 tests is 22.

    Haddin's a good cricketer and batted well in the 2010/2011 Ashes. However, he's 35 and not too many W/Ks play much beyond that age. He might be a batting option- I'd guess he's not far off being one of the best 6 in Australia and he knows English conditions.

  • CricketMaan on January 7, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Aus just must practice thier inswinger and get it right to Indian batsmen. That is what Starc did then and Junaid now and Jimmy always..it is enough even if you dont have quality spin. But then you dont need quality spin to knock off India in thier current shape and form. Just go there and India will hand it over to you in a platter:)

  • Paul_Rampley on January 7, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    For India: 1. Shane Watson 2. David Warner 3. Usman Khawaja 4. Phil Hughes 5. Michael Clarke 6. Matthew Wade 7.Christian 8. Peter Siddle 9. James Pattinson 10. Jackson Bird 11. Nathan Lyon. For England I'm not too sure, maybe have Moises Henriques fill the all rounder void or maybe just have a specialist batsman. England don't have an all rounder and I think that works because they get a lot out of Swann so this Ashes could be make or break for Lyon. Watson and Warner will make a good opening pair and Khawaja is the best number 3 in the country and Clarke stays at 5 where he has scored 1500 runs for us.

  • Mary_786 on January 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @vj_gooner i also like D Hussey but my only concern is that he has averaged 17 in shield this season, that's my only concern. Great player but unlucky that he is almost 36 and not performing in shield this year. With regards Haddin i am not sure if i would go for him or Paine as Paine is the future keeper along with Wade. For the batting I included Khawaja at 5 as he is one of the best young batsman coming through and i am tempted to take Doolan as our backup as he looks like a fine player.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @MaccaMat i like your team, Khawaja must be included and I would also take Cowan out and take Henriques as the all rounder. @MaximPayne i have been critical of Khawaja's treatment by the selectors but good to see them reward him for his Ryobi cup form with inclusion in the ODI team.@HaeK89 i also see Paine as a future keeper but the number 6 spot should go to Khawaja. I am still not sure I would take Haddin as i think the younger blokes(Hughes, Khawaja, Warner) must take more responsibility and leadership responsibilities under Clarke.

  • PFEL on January 7, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Ridiculous comments. You guys have such incredibly short memories. Haddin is still one of the classiest batsmen in the world, and a fine keeper. He IS the best keeper batsman in the world, better than Prior, Wade or Dhoni, in all forms of the game. Just look at his stats.

  • postandrail on January 7, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge And what was the legend Rod Marsh's nickname when he first became a Test keeper? Irongloves. It seems an extraordinary and laughable concept but perhaps somewhere there is someone who knows better than you.

  • inefekt on January 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @vj_gooner Haddin is nearly as bad as Wade behind the stumps. He is far from brilliant. And since when are we selecting players on their ability to motivate and provide experience to the other players? Why not just hire an older retired player - Dean Jones, Hayden or whoever, strictly as a motivational guy or to pass on their experience to the young guys. Pay them enough and they will go. It's a complete waste picking current players for the sole reason of providing leadership, it's ridiculous, they should be picked because they are going to take wickets or make plenty of runs for the team. Why else is a player selected? Are we inventing something new here?

  • Busie1979 on January 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I have no problem with Haddin being selected because he has done everything right since being dropped. However, this shouldn't mean Dave Hussey should be excluded. Admittedly he has had an ordinary year and therefore needs big runs and quickly. I really hope he pulls it off because he is in my view the second best available batsman in Australia right now other than Clarke (ps: I'm talking about batsmen who are available for selection in tests). If tests teams were picked on merit, he would have walked into the side at least 2-3 years ago. The selectors could get 2-3 years out of him. It would be worth it.

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    where in the world is paine???

  • Cricket1960 on January 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    A truly backward step, and why would Arthur announce in January that 2 keepers will go - and actually name them. Great news for all the other keepers busting their gut to try and play for Australia. One can't catch and the other is 35 !!! The keeper who plays in the Ashes should be at that standard NOW, not learning on the job, or being resurrected. Total disaster, but I guess a lot can happen in 6 months.

  • vj_gooner on January 7, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @Macca_mat It still makes me wonder how Huss Jr hasn't been given a chance. He can do a decent job in India with both bat and the ball! We need players like him in the XI. Very highly committed player!

  • vj_gooner on January 7, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I second Mr. Front Foot Lunge!! Hadds is a simply brilliant keeper and a much much better batsman too!

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Why bother with Haddin anymore, his test batting has been ordinary for 2 years and his temperament was poor, he isn't the best bat out of the test team. He will also be about 36 come the Ashes, he's done for god's sake! Which begs another question, how come Mike Hussey has been shunted out of the ODI team on the basis of "not being part of the plan for WC 2015" but Haddin is in the squad when Paine, Triffit, Hartley and Ludeman are also around. Joe Burns has the techinque and shield record and youth behind him to push a much better case for selection. Don't be surprised if Khawaja doesn't make the team, the selectors have treated him terribly lately, pulling him out of the BBL only to have to sit out, even in dead rubbers.

  • Dismayed on January 7, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Some things never change. The NSP has lost the plot. We have Paine, Nevill, Hartley, Ludeman so many better keepers who have more years ahead of them than behind. Not to mention guys who will not throw their wicket away as Haddin does consistently. This is another disgrace.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    OMG this is just hilarious. I thought shane warne making a fool of himself was funny but this is gold. A 35 year old step backwards for this "young & improving" team. Will someone get hold of Randy, Jonesy and the fake front foot lunge? I guess you'll be heading down the TAB & investing heavily in the team now, huh? haha.

  • MrCricket1009 on January 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    What if we play wade as a batsman and haddin as keeper?

  • HawK89 on January 7, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Where is Tim Paine? better keeper than Wade and more solid with the bat too. Haddin is in good form but hes passed his years now. Paine or Khawaja should take the no.6 spot. Hughes is schoolboy material, when he does make runs, they are very scrappy and makes a lot of basic mistakes.

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Dave Hussey musttt go India n Ashes.. need his experience.. wheres Shaun Marsh in ODI squad? why khawaja in the squad boring test batsman

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Wade is the worst wicket-keeper Australia have ever produced. That he should be in the team now, in place of those who can actually keep is symbolic of where Australia remains - backwards. Going back down the slide is something they've done a lot of in recent years, now the team going to play in the Ashes this year looks like the most unconvincing team ever to put on an Australian shirt.

  • jonesy2 on January 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    in no way shape or form did arthur say haddin was getting a test call up. he said he was the second keeper. he may tour but the batting lineup will most likely look thusly: cowan, warner, hughes, watson, clarke, khawaja, wade. with someone like joe burns or shaun marsh on stand by

  • scottyg on January 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    What is with Haddin- he has been downright ordinary since the 1st test in the ashes, plays some horrible shots- yet the selectors (already beginning to fall to the dreadful standards of Hilditch) think he is the best bat outside the test side. Matthew Wade must be given the full trust of the selectors to play his best cricket, and he will improve with the gloves.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I am shocked at this. George Bailey should have been in the test team straight up when Watson was injured - not the ODI specialist Rob Quiney. There are so many better options that they could have considered.

  • KhanMitch on January 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Surely Khawaja must take Hussey's spot, he was stand by batsman for Clarke and has been behind Hughes in shield scoring not to mention Ryobi(2nd) and Big bash scoring. I wouldn't take 2 keepers, take either Haddin or Wade but not both.

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I think I just heard Jarrod Kimber's head explode on hearing this news.

  • Gordo85 on January 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    One of the biggest mistakes you could ever make getting him back in the squad for the Ashes. For some reason everyone in Cricket Australia loves this guy even the selectors yet he is a step backwards. Ian Chappel loves the guy and says he is the best batsmen at State level which I don't agree with.

  • cccrider on January 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Haddin? He's bad news for the Ashes. Who left the ball on the ground for Pidge to roll his ankle over? Who gets out to the dumb ill-chosen shot? Who promises, but doesn't deliver? Its Haddit. The spirt of Hilditch lives on in the selection room.

  • Lees_Legends on January 7, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    There you go then England. Enjoy your Ashes win.

  • Lees_Legends on January 7, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    There you go then England. Enjoy your Ashes win.

  • cccrider on January 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Haddin? He's bad news for the Ashes. Who left the ball on the ground for Pidge to roll his ankle over? Who gets out to the dumb ill-chosen shot? Who promises, but doesn't deliver? Its Haddit. The spirt of Hilditch lives on in the selection room.

  • Gordo85 on January 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    One of the biggest mistakes you could ever make getting him back in the squad for the Ashes. For some reason everyone in Cricket Australia loves this guy even the selectors yet he is a step backwards. Ian Chappel loves the guy and says he is the best batsmen at State level which I don't agree with.

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I think I just heard Jarrod Kimber's head explode on hearing this news.

  • KhanMitch on January 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Surely Khawaja must take Hussey's spot, he was stand by batsman for Clarke and has been behind Hughes in shield scoring not to mention Ryobi(2nd) and Big bash scoring. I wouldn't take 2 keepers, take either Haddin or Wade but not both.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I am shocked at this. George Bailey should have been in the test team straight up when Watson was injured - not the ODI specialist Rob Quiney. There are so many better options that they could have considered.

  • scottyg on January 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    What is with Haddin- he has been downright ordinary since the 1st test in the ashes, plays some horrible shots- yet the selectors (already beginning to fall to the dreadful standards of Hilditch) think he is the best bat outside the test side. Matthew Wade must be given the full trust of the selectors to play his best cricket, and he will improve with the gloves.

  • jonesy2 on January 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    in no way shape or form did arthur say haddin was getting a test call up. he said he was the second keeper. he may tour but the batting lineup will most likely look thusly: cowan, warner, hughes, watson, clarke, khawaja, wade. with someone like joe burns or shaun marsh on stand by

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Wade is the worst wicket-keeper Australia have ever produced. That he should be in the team now, in place of those who can actually keep is symbolic of where Australia remains - backwards. Going back down the slide is something they've done a lot of in recent years, now the team going to play in the Ashes this year looks like the most unconvincing team ever to put on an Australian shirt.

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Dave Hussey musttt go India n Ashes.. need his experience.. wheres Shaun Marsh in ODI squad? why khawaja in the squad boring test batsman