Australia in West Indies, 2012 March 14, 2012

Haddin shades Wade for Test gloves

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Brad Haddin has the endorsement of the national selectors to keep wicket for Australia in the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados - but will have to perform immediately to stay there.

On the day the Test match touring party for the Caribbean was named, the selector and former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh said Haddin remained ahead of Matthew Wade in the order of preference for the Test side, though the younger man had claimed ownership of the ODI gloves.

However Marsh made it plain that Haddin would need to show himself immediately worthy of a spot in the side as a 'keeper batsman, otherwise Wade would be more than capable of stepping into the team. Haddin endured an indifferent home summer, though his glovework improved towards the latter part of the 4-0 series win over India. He is also valued as a leader within the team.

"At this point of time, obviously the first Test team will be selected after the one-dayers, a lot will depend on what happens in the one-dayers, no doubt," Marsh said in Adelaide. "But if I wanted to place a punt on it, I would have Haddin will play in the first Test match, as he should, and we'll wait and see what happens after that."

Assessing Haddin's summer, Marsh was not overly critical, and could empathise with an older wicketkeeper scoring fewer runs than he would have liked - Marsh's own batting returns dropped away drastically in the latter part of his career, a syndrome that also befell Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist.

"I didn't think he performed badly at all," Marsh said. "He didn't make as many runs as he would have liked and probably as we would have liked. I can recall him dropping one or two catches, which over a summer of six Test matches, that happens.

"He's probably not been at the peak of his form but he's a hell of a good cricketer. I have known Brad for a long, long time and he's just been a good cricketer and he's got very a good record for Australia. I just hope he performs really well in the West Indies because if he performs well, we're going to be a better side, that is the thing."

As for the emphasis on wicketkeepers scoring runs, Marsh said it was an undeniable fact that lower order runs, from bowlers as well as glovemen, were a marker for successful teams.

"It's a fact of life. Whether I'm happy with it or not doesn't matter. The fact is, you expect your keeper to make runs, in fact you expect everyone now to make runs I think," he said. "We made some handy runs in the back half [in] our summer and that is very important, it gives people confidence, it gives the team confidence when you see your bowlers making runs, when you see your wicketkeeper making runs."

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

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  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 17, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @royramesh :- "20 HOURS MAX"... Depends where you live... lol... Give me your flight schedule from northern central WA thanks mate - took me 12 hours to get to Sydney... With delays waiting for each connecting flight it took 44 hours all up but managed it shorter the 2nd time but never anywhere near 20 hours... PS: not everyone in Oz lives in Sydney & I spent a lot of mine in the bush & the outback... lol...

  • POSTED BY jgoogly on | March 15, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    It was always hard to drop a wicket keeper in Australia. Healey should have been dropped long time back but he clung on to his position although Gilchrist was performing and the same with Gily who prolonged his career standing on the way of Haddin and now Haddin is blocking Wade.

  • POSTED BY royramesh on | March 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    WHATS THIS 34 -36 AND 44 HOURS TO THE W I? YOU ONLY HAVE TO GO: SYD TO AUK THEN TO LAX AND THEN TO KINGSTON JAMAICA. THATS 20 HOURS MAX. ENOUGH TIME SAVED FOR A CHILL OUT ON MONTEGO BEACH WITH A FISH BAKE AND A COLD PUNCH DRINK.

  • POSTED BY OzzyBlue on | March 15, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    My feeling is that Rodney Marsh knows a lot more about the issue and has a bloody good record at developing players and teams, in comparison to many other people here (or journo's) who are 110% adamant that they know better in relation to Haddin's contribution as a wicketkeeper, as a batsmen, and equally as important - as a leader in the dressing room. Brad Haddin is aged 34 and Matthew Wade is 24. Wade's time will come. There is certainly no need to panic at the moment on this issue.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I cannot fathom saying he "didn't perform badly at all". The amount of runs and wickets he cost us in the India matches was astonishing and he didn't fire with the bat at all. Haddin has gone on to fail in his first class matches, and then fail in his grade matches where he doesn't even get picked ahead of Nevill to keep. He only did juuuust enough to claim the test spot in the first place and the way the selectors have protected him as some kind of 'star' player is maddening!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 15, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Busie1979... Re: flight to WI's... If you are lucky 34-36 hrs... My experience was 44 hrs without a stop over some yrs ago... With the large time lag (& jet lag) you would be lucky to get a guy on the field within 3 days & no time to climatize...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Something_Witty... Agree - Haddin should be picked on his past performances, which at best have been at best just average in the last 12 mths... Still making him VC sends a message that his job is secure for this tour at least... Watson must be shaking his head - dropped as VC in Tests after just 2 short series... Haven't got my head around that one yet... lol... Any thoughts?...

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | March 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @ Meety - 100% right. two keepers due to ridiculous flight schedule. Not as easy as one flight from Melb/syd to johannesburg/cape town, or to london, or sub continent for respective series with those teams.

    @RandyOZ- your dillusional mate, Arthur has done a pretty good job since taking over at the start of summer - we havent lost a series since the WOrld cup in Tests or ODIs and i think him, the new selectors and clarke are doing an excellent job.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Awesome. Haddin goes to the West Indies, scores a couple of soft hundreds, and retains his place for the next summer. What a waste of time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    The real question is whether Haddin is in our plans for the Ashes. If he is not, then its time for Wade to debut. If he plays well in the ODI series, then he should get a go in the tests. Wade will need some time to develop in the test arena before the ashes, and there are no more tests until the home summer. If Wade doesn't succeed, then there is still time to bring in someone else, hopefully Paine has recovered by the summer and can come into contention as well. Pain at least has some experience at test level and has played a bit in England too. More than likely Haddin will get a shot in the first test and if its a failure, he'll be out, but if he does succeed, its going to be on a game by game basis from now on.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 17, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @royramesh :- "20 HOURS MAX"... Depends where you live... lol... Give me your flight schedule from northern central WA thanks mate - took me 12 hours to get to Sydney... With delays waiting for each connecting flight it took 44 hours all up but managed it shorter the 2nd time but never anywhere near 20 hours... PS: not everyone in Oz lives in Sydney & I spent a lot of mine in the bush & the outback... lol...

  • POSTED BY jgoogly on | March 15, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    It was always hard to drop a wicket keeper in Australia. Healey should have been dropped long time back but he clung on to his position although Gilchrist was performing and the same with Gily who prolonged his career standing on the way of Haddin and now Haddin is blocking Wade.

  • POSTED BY royramesh on | March 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    WHATS THIS 34 -36 AND 44 HOURS TO THE W I? YOU ONLY HAVE TO GO: SYD TO AUK THEN TO LAX AND THEN TO KINGSTON JAMAICA. THATS 20 HOURS MAX. ENOUGH TIME SAVED FOR A CHILL OUT ON MONTEGO BEACH WITH A FISH BAKE AND A COLD PUNCH DRINK.

  • POSTED BY OzzyBlue on | March 15, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    My feeling is that Rodney Marsh knows a lot more about the issue and has a bloody good record at developing players and teams, in comparison to many other people here (or journo's) who are 110% adamant that they know better in relation to Haddin's contribution as a wicketkeeper, as a batsmen, and equally as important - as a leader in the dressing room. Brad Haddin is aged 34 and Matthew Wade is 24. Wade's time will come. There is certainly no need to panic at the moment on this issue.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I cannot fathom saying he "didn't perform badly at all". The amount of runs and wickets he cost us in the India matches was astonishing and he didn't fire with the bat at all. Haddin has gone on to fail in his first class matches, and then fail in his grade matches where he doesn't even get picked ahead of Nevill to keep. He only did juuuust enough to claim the test spot in the first place and the way the selectors have protected him as some kind of 'star' player is maddening!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 15, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Busie1979... Re: flight to WI's... If you are lucky 34-36 hrs... My experience was 44 hrs without a stop over some yrs ago... With the large time lag (& jet lag) you would be lucky to get a guy on the field within 3 days & no time to climatize...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 15, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Something_Witty... Agree - Haddin should be picked on his past performances, which at best have been at best just average in the last 12 mths... Still making him VC sends a message that his job is secure for this tour at least... Watson must be shaking his head - dropped as VC in Tests after just 2 short series... Haven't got my head around that one yet... lol... Any thoughts?...

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | March 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    @ Meety - 100% right. two keepers due to ridiculous flight schedule. Not as easy as one flight from Melb/syd to johannesburg/cape town, or to london, or sub continent for respective series with those teams.

    @RandyOZ- your dillusional mate, Arthur has done a pretty good job since taking over at the start of summer - we havent lost a series since the WOrld cup in Tests or ODIs and i think him, the new selectors and clarke are doing an excellent job.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Awesome. Haddin goes to the West Indies, scores a couple of soft hundreds, and retains his place for the next summer. What a waste of time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 15, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    The real question is whether Haddin is in our plans for the Ashes. If he is not, then its time for Wade to debut. If he plays well in the ODI series, then he should get a go in the tests. Wade will need some time to develop in the test arena before the ashes, and there are no more tests until the home summer. If Wade doesn't succeed, then there is still time to bring in someone else, hopefully Paine has recovered by the summer and can come into contention as well. Pain at least has some experience at test level and has played a bit in England too. More than likely Haddin will get a shot in the first test and if its a failure, he'll be out, but if he does succeed, its going to be on a game by game basis from now on.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | March 15, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Meety - LOL. I've never tried flying to the Carribean so I will take your word for it :) I think Haddin should be dropped already and there are plenty of options for the next generation - Wade and Nevill in particular, and possibly Paine if he can start scoring some runs when fit.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 15, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @Busie1979 - the two keepers is an insurance policy. Should Haddin get injured, the maze of connecting flights would mean there would be a real chance we would have to go into a match without a keeper, (cue Haddin critics right now), someone like Hussey would have to keep. The other side effect is that it means Haddin MUST perform or he is gone!

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | March 14, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    If he has the greatest hands in Aussie cricket then I guess we can keep the Ashes safe for a while. We dare not give them to you as he would propably grass them.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 14, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Something_Witty - absolutely brilliantly summed up. For me as soon and we waltzed down the track in SA when we were crumbling to Philander he was done. His head simply isn't in the game anymore, and the dropped catches prove it further. It is an absolute farce that he has retained his spot. Why is Arthur always backing him up? Important part of the team? What a joke.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    The biggest scandal in Australia since Warney got banned: Brad Haddin a.) being retained in the test team for so long b.) being retained as vice captain. What a complete and utter farce. Arthur is at it again.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | March 14, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    This idea of picking two keepers for the tour is stupid. Surely, if they want to give Haddin another chance, give him the whole tour. Otherwise, don't give him a chance.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | March 14, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Haddin should've been done as soon as he waltzed down the track in Cape Town. If not, he should've been done when he flapped like an imbecile at 2 good length balls on a greentop in Hobart. In the first innings, he holed out to mid-off. On a greentop. In the second innings he tried to drive a good length ball on the rise through extra cover. On a greentop. I don't think I need to state the result of that shot. If they were selecting him based on his keeping ability rather than his batsmanship (which has been irresponsible and poor since the end of the Ashes series) then he should've been dropped after dropping sitters in Melbourne and Sydney. Wade has shown he is more than capable of scoring TOUGH runs (runs that really matter) and has dropped only one catch in 15 matches so far. There is no way that Haddin should be holding a spot. He was never a great keeper, and given that he is "suffering diminished returns" with the bat a la Gilchrist et al. he should do as they did - Retire.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | March 14, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Fair call by the selectors for giving Haddin a chance to justify his spot. Tells him and the other players that the selectors have faith in a player and puts the responsibility on the player to then justify their own selection. If he gets dropped now then at least Haddin will know that he had his own play in it. Also makes for a more stable selection platform.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    THAT's the way it should be. Performance should count. Brad Haddin is a GOOD Wicket-Keeper. THAT"s his primary role.These days, making scores TOO, is a MUST for Wicket - Keepers. So if he does well in the First Test, BOTH in the wicket keeping AND batting departments, he will get selected in the second Test. And the SAME scrutiny for the second Test.

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | March 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    It's a matter of time before the change is made for Wade in tests. Marsh in true diplomacy style is not giving much away but blind freddy could tell you Haddin is under the pump. The future is with Wade and hopefully Paine.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | March 14, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    If don't count on performance he is the best batsman wicketkeeper ever. Well Best in the class likes of Ian Bell and Ricky Ponting well i am talking about Book cricket.where one watch the shot and applause. Brilliant simply Brilliant!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - the last part of your comment is on the right track. There would be no doubts about Wade's batting, the issue will primarily be about giving Haddin his last rights. The (vc) part of his game has gotten him the nod over Wade me thinks!

  • POSTED BY ahsanjabbar on | March 14, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    IMO - Test Cricket is all about specialists (while shorter forms require more All Round skilled players). So 6-4-1 combination with all of them being specialist/best is how i see Test Cricket should be played. Haddin should be play if he is the best keeper in Australia, regardless of his batting form which should be considered a bonus.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | March 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    If Wade hit's serious form in the ODIs there then he should play in the first test. Haddin has been playing poorly for over a year now and if he is dropped he has no cause to complain.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | March 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Big fan of Brad Haddin and he probably would have had an even longer career had he not followed probably the worlds best keeper/batsman ever in Adam Gilchrist but the fact remains that he is ageing, out of form and now holding up the progress of Australias next viable long term option. The big worry is what happens if you do pick him in the first test and he scores 50... is that enough? Australia are trying to rebuild and you do that with a predominatley young team that can develop into a no. 1 team. Funny thing is a year ago Wade wasnt even second choice Tim Paine was but he got injured so when he gets back there will be another fight for the spot.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Haddin's a good keeper, but as a batsman is not a patch on his predecessor Adam Gilchrist. Wade seem more in the Gilchrist mould. Wade will takeover sooner than later

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    It's hard to see why Haddin should be preferred for Test matches when Wade is preferred for limited-overs unless they don't think Wade has what it takes to be a Test batsman. Wade has played 50 first-class games and has a 40 average, so I don't see the problem. My guess is that they just don't want to thrust Wade into the Test spotlight to soon, so Haddin is simply keeping the spot warm for now.

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    It's hard to see why Haddin should be preferred for Test matches when Wade is preferred for limited-overs unless they don't think Wade has what it takes to be a Test batsman. Wade has played 50 first-class games and has a 40 average, so I don't see the problem. My guess is that they just don't want to thrust Wade into the Test spotlight to soon, so Haddin is simply keeping the spot warm for now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Haddin's a good keeper, but as a batsman is not a patch on his predecessor Adam Gilchrist. Wade seem more in the Gilchrist mould. Wade will takeover sooner than later

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | March 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Big fan of Brad Haddin and he probably would have had an even longer career had he not followed probably the worlds best keeper/batsman ever in Adam Gilchrist but the fact remains that he is ageing, out of form and now holding up the progress of Australias next viable long term option. The big worry is what happens if you do pick him in the first test and he scores 50... is that enough? Australia are trying to rebuild and you do that with a predominatley young team that can develop into a no. 1 team. Funny thing is a year ago Wade wasnt even second choice Tim Paine was but he got injured so when he gets back there will be another fight for the spot.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | March 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    If Wade hit's serious form in the ODIs there then he should play in the first test. Haddin has been playing poorly for over a year now and if he is dropped he has no cause to complain.

  • POSTED BY ahsanjabbar on | March 14, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    IMO - Test Cricket is all about specialists (while shorter forms require more All Round skilled players). So 6-4-1 combination with all of them being specialist/best is how i see Test Cricket should be played. Haddin should be play if he is the best keeper in Australia, regardless of his batting form which should be considered a bonus.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - the last part of your comment is on the right track. There would be no doubts about Wade's batting, the issue will primarily be about giving Haddin his last rights. The (vc) part of his game has gotten him the nod over Wade me thinks!

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | March 14, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    If don't count on performance he is the best batsman wicketkeeper ever. Well Best in the class likes of Ian Bell and Ricky Ponting well i am talking about Book cricket.where one watch the shot and applause. Brilliant simply Brilliant!

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | March 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    It's a matter of time before the change is made for Wade in tests. Marsh in true diplomacy style is not giving much away but blind freddy could tell you Haddin is under the pump. The future is with Wade and hopefully Paine.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | March 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    THAT's the way it should be. Performance should count. Brad Haddin is a GOOD Wicket-Keeper. THAT"s his primary role.These days, making scores TOO, is a MUST for Wicket - Keepers. So if he does well in the First Test, BOTH in the wicket keeping AND batting departments, he will get selected in the second Test. And the SAME scrutiny for the second Test.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | March 14, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Fair call by the selectors for giving Haddin a chance to justify his spot. Tells him and the other players that the selectors have faith in a player and puts the responsibility on the player to then justify their own selection. If he gets dropped now then at least Haddin will know that he had his own play in it. Also makes for a more stable selection platform.