The Investec Ashes 2013 August 19, 2013

Haddin set sights on 2015 World Cup


Brad Haddin has his sights set on playing until the 2015 World Cup in Australia, despite not being Australia's regular gloveman in the 50-over format.

Haddin has taken back the Test wicketkeeping role from Matthew Wade on this tour and enters The Oval Test on the verge of breaking the all-time record for most dismissals in a Test series. He hopes he can also feature not only in Australia's upcoming Ashes series at home but the World Cup that follows in 2015.

If he gets his wish - he will be 37 by the World Cup - it would be a remarkable comeback from Haddin, who six months ago had been usurped by Wade as Australia's first-choice gloveman in all formats. He was brought back into the Test side for this Ashes trip to provide some valuable experience and to serve as Michael Clarke's vice-captain, and Haddin believes he has plenty to offer beyond the immediate future and in one-day cricket, despite having played only three ODIs in 18 months.

"I think I've still got a lot of cricket left in me now and to the 2015 World Cup. So I'm keen to play there," Haddin said. "The vice-captaincy, it was an honour to do that on this tour but it doesn't change the role or how you look at things. You've still got to perform. You still have to be challenging yourself to get better."

Haddin is such a team man that when he was asked about an approaching record that might be broken at The Oval, his initial response was: "For losing?" In fact, the record that is under threat is a personal one, and one that Haddin alone will rewrite if he collects at least four dismissals during the Test. That would take him past Rod Marsh's all-time world record of 28 wicketkeeping dismissals in a series, set in in the 1982-83 Ashes series in Australia.

Australia won that series 2-1, yet in England this year they are at risk of suffering a 4-0 thrashing despite the opportunities created by the bowlers and accepted by Haddin behind the stumps. That says plenty about Australia's batting on this tour and Haddin said record or no record, chances or no chances, Australia had to find a way of adding some runs to the mix.

"I was not aware of the record at all," Haddin said. "I'd take that back for a win. You don't go into games looking for personal achievement; you go in looking to win. If you tick those milestones off on the way, it's flattering but also pretty hollow if you don't win any cricket games. I'd love to win this one moving forward to Australia.

"We've got a pretty good stock of fast bowlers there; especially with Ryan Harris being able to play the couple of back-to-back Tests that he hasn't done previously. I think I've got a few off Nathan Lyon in the last few Tests, so it was good to have him back in the game. Our bowling group has been very consistent for a long time. We've just got to find some runs."

Haddin included himself in that remark, well aware that his 13 in the second innings in Chester-le-Street was inadequate given Australia needed a steadying presence in the middle order after losing quick wickets. With the bat, Haddin has scored two half-centuries and six low scores during this series, but he is happy with the way he is working behind the stumps.

"I feel comfortable with where my keeping is at," he said. "It's felt especially good the last couple of games. It wasn't where I wanted it to be after Lord's but it's back to the rhythm that I've been keeping for the last couple of years."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on August 21, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    The best Aussie WK Rod Marsh,Ian Healy,Adam Gilchirst & now Brad Haddin. You cannot forget the WKs whom I know from 1975. Rod Marsh was called the IRON MAN behind the stumps. c Marsh b Lillee they both share 95 victims which is still a world record.His compitetors were Engineer(Ind) Knott(Eng) Late Wadsworth(NZ), Murry.D.L(WI). Since Haddin is in his Mid 30s Wade & Paine are knocking the doors for the gloves. The advantage is Wade is LH & Paine is RH. Let us not forget that Paine can also open the innings. It is for the selectors to choose btn. Wade & Paine. As far as WKs are concerned the compitation is not there. Everybody in their respective countries they represent are fighting for their places. Except Dhoni(Ind) Rahim(BD) AB(RSA). WK is the only person who can guide the bowler & tell the weakness of the batsman whether he is the front or back footed player. It is time for Aus to think who is the next WK after Haddin.In case he is injured who has to replace him. Plays spin well.

  • dummy4fb on August 21, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Haddin will be lucky to play for Australia after this series.

  • Gordo85 on August 20, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    All I know is Wade better play pretty well in the ODI series so he will be the wicket keeper in the Australian home Test series, if not they will keep going with Haddin. For crying out loud Cricket Australia go for someone younger than Haddin for the the next ODI World Cup. Other people deserve a go not just a guy from NSW. Chris Hartley has been doing the hard yards but for no reward. I can't understand how Haddin just walked straight back into the Test team after the last Test series I watched him play he was playing shocking and lazy cricket shots with the bat and nothing has changed. His keeping this series hasn't been bad but a few stuff ups, it is just a shame he can't bat. In the AFL players in one team are playing for themselves instead of putting the team first and this is what is happening here. At least Gilchrist to his credit he knew when it was time for him to go instead of hanging around way too long like Haddin would do in the World Cup.

  • azzaman333 on August 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Tim Paine, a better batsman than Matthew Wade? Is that the same Tim Paine who has 1 first class hundred from 110 innings? And the same Matthew Wade who has 6 first class hundreds from 4 less innings? Even Chris Hartley, noted as being a relatively poor batsman as far as keepers go, has 7 first class centuries from his 154 innings.

    No matter how you look at the numbers, Paine is in no way a superior batsman to Wade, or Nevill, or even my personal least favourite option in Haddin. But Paine's below average batting, and his glovework since his finger injuries being poor at best, there's no justification behind selecting him.

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 20, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    So Brad Haddin, who was dumped from all formats due to revealing in an interview some 2 years ago that he had no idea what he was doing and was in really bad form, has now, aged 35, declared that he is ready to play for another 2 years and to not only make his way back into the ODI side (note: Wade, not Haddin, has been named in the ODI squad for this tour) but to play in the 2015 ODI World Cup? There is insane and then there is insane. Brad Haddin has never, not for a moment, been the best wicket keeper in the country. Not briefly. He has been the best batsman of the keepers but he has never been the best gloveman. Wade made a few mistakes, sure, but he is still a much better gloveman than Haddin, and he is also a lot younger. There is still a 3-way tussle for best keeper in the land, but Haddin isn't one of those 3: it is out of Hartley, Wade and Nevill. If you think it isn't, then you need to start following domestic cricket. Haddin = time to retire.

  • jlw74 on August 20, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @Steve Back, Timmy Paine suffered a serious finger injury about 12 months back that threatened to end his career. Fortunately it didn't and he started the road back during the second half of the shield season before going with the A team to Africa. He is the best keeper batsman in Oz by the length of the flemington straight and hopefully will be back sooner than later.

  • Wefinishthis on August 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Hartley is a good keeper, but on the wrong side of 30 and with the bat he only passes 50 once every 5.5 innings on average. So we're left with Wade, Nevill, Paine and Haddin. In terms of keeping ability, it's probably Paine/Nevill, Haddin, Wade in that order. In terms of batting ability, it's probably Wade/Nevill, Haddin, Paine. Paine can keep ok, but is not particularly good with a bat, but neither is Haddin. I don't see what's wrong with Peter Nevill who is younger than Paine and would be a fantastic choice whilst Wade practices his glovework. Sticking Nevill at no.7 seems like the ideal choice with Wade as the reserve.

  • dummy4fb on August 20, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Guys this is only in a lighter vein. May be they can try Shane Watson as the wicketkeeper next!!! Or try rotating Wade, Haddin and Paine, as they do with their fast bowlers.

  • reddawn1975 on August 20, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I think if Tim Paine was added into the squad he would step up again he had a lean series in Africa but he is a class player and quality gloveman just like Chris Hartley

  • dummy4fb on August 20, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Matthew Wade, despite his young age, would be a dire choice for Australia. I agree with Ian Healy and think Wade is one of the most atrocious wicketkeepers to have ever played the game. Australia should have entrusted the job to a quality gloveman like Tim Paine instead. Whatever happened to that guy?