Australia in West Indies, 2012 March 15, 2012

Haddin flies home for personal reasons

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Australia's Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is returning home from the Caribbean for personal reasons, casting doubt over his place in the team for three matches against the West Indies next month.

Mindful of the distance between Australia and the West Indies, the selectors have named Haddin's New South Wales understudy Peter Nevill as his replacement.

"Brad Haddin is in transit returning to Australia for personal reasons and has the full support of Cricket Australia, the National Selection Panel and his team mates in so doing. We hope that Brad will be able to re-join the squad in the West Indies in the not too distant future," the national selector John Inverarity said.

"The NSP has selected Peter Nevill as Brad's replacement and Peter will head to the West Indies as soon as possible. Peter has just completed an outstanding season with New South Wales, both with the gloves and the bat. He was the overwhelming choice of his fellow Sheffield Shield cricketers as wicket-keeper in the Australian Cricketers' Association All Star Team of the Year announced at the State Cricket Awards this week."

Haddin travelled with the ODI squad as the back-up to Matthew Wade, who had usurped the more senior gloveman as Australia's limited overs wicketkeeper this summer.

However Haddin is now on his way back from the West Indies to be with his pregnant wife Karina, their son Zac and daughter Mia. His departure was arranged so swiftly that Haddin is flying home via London, a longer trip than returning via the United States. His management has said that more will be made clear in coming days.

"Yes, Brad Haddin is returning from WIndies for personal reasons. There will no further comment from or on his behalf," the Cricket Australia public affairs manager, Peter Young, tweeted this morning.

It is not yet clear how long Haddin will be at home, or whether he will return to the squad in the Caribbean.

When announcing the Test squad in Adelaide on Wednesday, the selector Rod Marsh had indicated that Haddin remained the Test wicketkeeper of choice.

"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. "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."

Wade had said that he had enjoyed the first week of the tour, working alongside Haddin as the pair competed for one spot in the team.

"It's started really well. Obviously we've had a couple of sessions working together leading up to the one-day series," Wade said this week. "He's really good, he's got a lot of knowledge obviously in these conditions and he's played a lot of international cricket.

"I'm just opening my ears and listening to everything he's got to say."

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

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  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | March 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    There are 36+ players only in india...pakistani players usually dont last beyond 30-33...the other place we now see plus 36 players is australia...

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | March 16, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    200ondebut didn't Australia recently win a test series 4-0 against a supposedly start studded batting line up and our bowlers dominated.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 16, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Best of luck to Haddin. I hope every thing goes well in his life.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | March 16, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Lets hope everything is OK for Brad. I don't think it is wise to speculate without the facts.

    As for his replacement - well he probably has the easiest job in the world. Not much gets past the bat these days when the Aussies are bowling.

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | March 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Hope everything sets sorted out for Haddin. Although, couldn't care less who takes up the gloves during/after his return.

  • POSTED BY rakesh_1907 on | March 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    best chance 4 wade to fix his place in test team and bat out haddin..

  • POSTED BY lakshitha.jayakody on | March 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Can't blame anyone for this issue. Cricket Australia wants to win matches and they would only hire people who are capable of winning matches. I really like Cricket Australia's strategies and they never rely on the fame of the players but performance & discipline are the paramount factors. Perfect example is Ricky Ponting's ODI retirement & Andrew Symonds contract cancellation. If Ricky or Symonds were sub continent players, with their track record and fame, they could have easily played for another 2-3 years. That's why we find most of the 36+ players in world cricket in sub continent. On the other hand, Brad Haddin also walk away, thinking of his dignity and without waiting till the end for the real & ugly slashing. I believe he smelled it.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 16, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Noel Edwards - who would you have instead of Neville? @Dinker Rkn - don't you think you are jumping the gun here?

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    hope everything goes well for him

  • POSTED BY theswami on | March 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Another Trescothick in the making ?.......

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | March 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    There are 36+ players only in india...pakistani players usually dont last beyond 30-33...the other place we now see plus 36 players is australia...

  • POSTED BY Sanj747 on | March 16, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    200ondebut didn't Australia recently win a test series 4-0 against a supposedly start studded batting line up and our bowlers dominated.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 16, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Best of luck to Haddin. I hope every thing goes well in his life.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | March 16, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Lets hope everything is OK for Brad. I don't think it is wise to speculate without the facts.

    As for his replacement - well he probably has the easiest job in the world. Not much gets past the bat these days when the Aussies are bowling.

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | March 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Hope everything sets sorted out for Haddin. Although, couldn't care less who takes up the gloves during/after his return.

  • POSTED BY rakesh_1907 on | March 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    best chance 4 wade to fix his place in test team and bat out haddin..

  • POSTED BY lakshitha.jayakody on | March 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Can't blame anyone for this issue. Cricket Australia wants to win matches and they would only hire people who are capable of winning matches. I really like Cricket Australia's strategies and they never rely on the fame of the players but performance & discipline are the paramount factors. Perfect example is Ricky Ponting's ODI retirement & Andrew Symonds contract cancellation. If Ricky or Symonds were sub continent players, with their track record and fame, they could have easily played for another 2-3 years. That's why we find most of the 36+ players in world cricket in sub continent. On the other hand, Brad Haddin also walk away, thinking of his dignity and without waiting till the end for the real & ugly slashing. I believe he smelled it.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 16, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Noel Edwards - who would you have instead of Neville? @Dinker Rkn - don't you think you are jumping the gun here?

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    hope everything goes well for him

  • POSTED BY theswami on | March 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Another Trescothick in the making ?.......

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I hope all is well Brad & his family, but fear there is a serious problem... What ever it is, cricket can take a back seat... Nothing is more important than family... God bless & comms :) ...

  • POSTED BY alonetiger on | March 16, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    ozi players r very great such issues ,when they feel they r not going good then they leave the side their self and they dont become a burden on the team.here is the same case ,haddin knows that his performance is not good enough to stay in the line up as wade is threatning his place in all formate of the game so he might think for an early retirement call as well coz he is not a selfish player and he is a very positive human as well..good luck for the future haddin.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    i suspect this is the latest instance of depression for a sportsman.ideally,all the discussion here should only be about haddin's departure/exit .if he has fought it in the last couple of seasons well..he really needs to be complemented..both for being a top notch sportsman and for speaking out now...hopefully others here agree...please publish....everyone else should be encouraged to speak aloud about this...

  • POSTED BY featurewriter on | March 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Probably would have been Chris Hartley, had he not been playing in the Sheffield Shield final. Shame...he deserves a crack.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    hope everything is ok for hadds.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Chance for youngster to grab the opportunity

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Best of luck Haddin for your future innings to come in your personal life.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Al the best to Haddin and family, but what about the replacement. The only quicker way into Aust team/squad than being born in NSW is to move to NSW from another State. Or maybe the NSP didn't realise Nevill is an ex-Victorian.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | March 16, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Bless in disguise for Australia! He was horrible throughout the whole summer.

  • POSTED BY naveenpnayak on | March 16, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Time to Move out of Brad Haddin- He isn't performing well with the bat or with the Gloves. Time for CA to find a better replacement.. Let Wade play ODI's and 20-20 and Nevill can play the Tests. A good chance for a youngster to show his skills.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 16, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Sad to see a player leaving the tour for personal reasons.. Hope everything is fine and settled back home..

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @PaddyRasta, there's actually a few more over here that can bat as well. You might have to see if they can do a Nash and find some WI heritage. Really wish WI would just pick there best team. Can someone tell me what is happening with Jerome Taylor? He can't still be injured, surely? Tonge and Santokie should get looked at and surely there's better available bats around than Charles.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    I hope that all is well with Haddin's family. I am not uncaring to pressing family issues. However, it is a godsend to Australian Cricket, because Matty Wade can have a decent go at Test level and I am glad that Phil Nevil has been chosen. I will take back all of my criticism of Haddin if it is discovered that he has had personal issues involving his family, that would explain why his performances have been so deplorable. All the best Bradley!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Is Tim Pain still injured?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 16, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    @wix99 - I'd nearly have selected Neville as a specialist batsmen for the tour. @landl47 - agreed. @PaddyRasta - this is revenge for sending that awesome team from the 80s that batted so well & bowled so well AND had Jeff Dujon, being a wicket keeper who batted very well. His stats with the bat don't look like much nowadays, but given he opened the bat often, he was a lot better than an ave of about 30. I can assure you most Ozzys keep our fingers crossed that the WIndies find themselves very soon!

  • POSTED BY kitten on | March 16, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I fully agree with landl47's comments. Out thoughts should be for his welfare and those of his family. Cricket and all other sport is what it is, a sport. If all goes well for him, and he returns soon, I am sure he will perform well. My very best wishes are for him and his family at the moment.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 16, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    I doubt I'm the only one thinking that, while I wish no ill to Haddin, this may be the best thing for the Australian Test team.

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | March 16, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Hopefully the personal reasons turn out o.k.

    I'd be happier with Payne as the test keeper because he's better behind the stumps than the other contenders I've seen and good enough with the bat that I think the advantage Wade has a batsman doesn't make up for Payne's superior keeping. Unfortunately he's missed enough cricket over the last year and a half that he's going to have to prove himself again and he might miss the chance to become the Australian keeper because of that.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 16, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Oz history shows us that wicketkeepers improve dramatically at the top level because they have to. That is why Gilchrist is the best ever. He never shirked on diving for any catch with-in or out of reach. Healy by comparison never dived but was safe. They're expected to keep well so the catchs make the difference. Haddin is probably the best keeper but has had a very ordinary season. He has been very good for Australia and now might be a good time to retire from tests and go for the T20 lifestyle.

  • POSTED BY kjkool82 on | March 16, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Well deserved for Pete Nevill after a consistent season for NSW, where he knocked Dan Smith off as the backup keeper. Do have to feel for Tim Paine though - bided his time for a few years, and now when the opportunities are arising he has been denied by a pinky finger!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Hope Brad Haddin's family will be settled soon giving him a chance to come back. Not counting his recent poor form he can be definitely among the best. And yeah it feels good to see cricketers giving enough time to their families. When Paine will come back it will be a good situation with 3 WKs ready to take their positions

  • POSTED BY rustydog1966 on | March 16, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    brad is stiff, he followed perhaps Australias greatest Keeper/number 7 in Gilchrist, when you compare to all those before Gilly his performance is better than anyones in all forms of the game, based on runs scored, average with the bat and dismissals. Gilchrist also had two of the highest wicket takers steaming in in warne and Mcgrath.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | March 16, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Another Aussie keeper who knows how to bat and we can't even find one in the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | March 16, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    With due respect to Haddin and his family, if he is selected for the first test, it is a clear step backwards. His glovework has deteriorated badly and his batting is even worse! He and Shaun Marsh were the clear weak links during the Indian series. The amount of times the bowlers had to pick up his slack when batting was inexcusable. The same bowlers who bowled out of their skins that series. Marsh was dropped as a long term prospect, Haddin has shown zero form at all domestically OR at club level to justify his place. Wade is an in form batsman who is confident, energetic and improving his craft behind the stumps with every game.

  • POSTED BY wix99 on | March 16, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    I guess we'll have to wait to find out the reasons for Haddin's return. However, it probably marks the generational change in wicketkeepers. Matthew Wade deserves the opportunity at Test level if he gets it and Peter Nevill also deserves a chance to be part of the national team.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 15, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I hope everything is well with Brad Haddin's wife and family. That's a much higher priority than any cricket match could ever be.

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  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 15, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I hope everything is well with Brad Haddin's wife and family. That's a much higher priority than any cricket match could ever be.

  • POSTED BY wix99 on | March 16, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    I guess we'll have to wait to find out the reasons for Haddin's return. However, it probably marks the generational change in wicketkeepers. Matthew Wade deserves the opportunity at Test level if he gets it and Peter Nevill also deserves a chance to be part of the national team.

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | March 16, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    With due respect to Haddin and his family, if he is selected for the first test, it is a clear step backwards. His glovework has deteriorated badly and his batting is even worse! He and Shaun Marsh were the clear weak links during the Indian series. The amount of times the bowlers had to pick up his slack when batting was inexcusable. The same bowlers who bowled out of their skins that series. Marsh was dropped as a long term prospect, Haddin has shown zero form at all domestically OR at club level to justify his place. Wade is an in form batsman who is confident, energetic and improving his craft behind the stumps with every game.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | March 16, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Another Aussie keeper who knows how to bat and we can't even find one in the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY rustydog1966 on | March 16, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    brad is stiff, he followed perhaps Australias greatest Keeper/number 7 in Gilchrist, when you compare to all those before Gilly his performance is better than anyones in all forms of the game, based on runs scored, average with the bat and dismissals. Gilchrist also had two of the highest wicket takers steaming in in warne and Mcgrath.

  • POSTED BY on | March 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Hope Brad Haddin's family will be settled soon giving him a chance to come back. Not counting his recent poor form he can be definitely among the best. And yeah it feels good to see cricketers giving enough time to their families. When Paine will come back it will be a good situation with 3 WKs ready to take their positions

  • POSTED BY kjkool82 on | March 16, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Well deserved for Pete Nevill after a consistent season for NSW, where he knocked Dan Smith off as the backup keeper. Do have to feel for Tim Paine though - bided his time for a few years, and now when the opportunities are arising he has been denied by a pinky finger!!

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | March 16, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Oz history shows us that wicketkeepers improve dramatically at the top level because they have to. That is why Gilchrist is the best ever. He never shirked on diving for any catch with-in or out of reach. Healy by comparison never dived but was safe. They're expected to keep well so the catchs make the difference. Haddin is probably the best keeper but has had a very ordinary season. He has been very good for Australia and now might be a good time to retire from tests and go for the T20 lifestyle.

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | March 16, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Hopefully the personal reasons turn out o.k.

    I'd be happier with Payne as the test keeper because he's better behind the stumps than the other contenders I've seen and good enough with the bat that I think the advantage Wade has a batsman doesn't make up for Payne's superior keeping. Unfortunately he's missed enough cricket over the last year and a half that he's going to have to prove himself again and he might miss the chance to become the Australian keeper because of that.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 16, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    I doubt I'm the only one thinking that, while I wish no ill to Haddin, this may be the best thing for the Australian Test team.