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Brad Haddin replaces Greg Blewett as new fielding coach of Australia

Brad Haddin has effected 474 dismissals in international cricket
Brad Haddin has effected 474 dismissals in international cricket

Cricket Australia has confirmed former wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin as the new fielding coach of the team.

The 39-year-old will replace his former team-mate Greg Blewett, who will now take in charge of the South Australia Under 19 team after playing most of his Sheffield Shield games there.

Haddin has played a total of 66 Tests, 126 One-Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20 Internationals for the Australian team in which he effected a total of 474 dismissals. He was also appointed as the vice-captain of the team for the 2015 Ashes series under Michael Clarke.

Since his retirement in 2015, Haddin had prior experience of coaching Australia A team and Islamabad United franchise in the Pakistan Super League.

The former New South Wales star, who has signed a contract with the Australian board until the end of 2019 has his vision clear.

"I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world class fielding," he said in a news release.

"They were the type of players who took it personally if the team wasn't fielding well and that created a level for the rest of the group to aspire to.

"I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that."

Meanwhile, head coach Darren Lehmann paid tribute to Blewett and welcomed Haddin to the coaching panel.

"It has been fantastic having Greg involved in the side," said Lehmann.

"Brad had a wonderful career as a player for Australia and will bring a multi skill set to our environment.

"His primary focus will be on fielding, carrying on the good work that Greg has done, but will also work very closely with our wicket-keepers."

Australia's immediate assignment will be a two-match test tour to Bangladesh that kicks-off later this month.

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