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by Manuj Sharma Tuesday 23 December 2014
Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was all praise for the decision to make Steven Smith the captain of Australia for the rest of the series against India.
This was despite Haddin being the vice-captain during Clarke’s reign.
After Clarke, aged 33 had pulled out of the series due to a hamstring injury that needed immediate surgery, the 37 year old wicket-keeper was expected to take over the reign especially after his impressive short stint as stand-in skipper at Adelaide.
However, the selectors felt the need to look for the future and opted for Smith as the captain.
The 25 year old New South Wales player consequently led Australia to a four-wicket win at Brisbane in the second test where he was adjudged man-of-the-match as well after scoring a century on his captaincy debut.
"I think they've made a very brave and good decision in making Steve the captain. I think it's the perfect time for him,” said Haddin who has managed just 21 runs in the 2 matches so far.
"He's a good leader, he's only young but he's going to get better and better at it.”
"I think the decision was an outstanding one. He's got a good core of senior players to help him out if he needs it."
"But things are going well, he's a good thinker about the game and he still wants to learn.”
"I'd much rather you remember the last two hours at Adelaide than do it full time.", added Haddin.
Smith has had a phenomenal year with the bat.
Smith’s form in this series has been excellent as well, scoring 387 runs at an average of 187.50 while Haddin’s form has slumped having managed only 92 runs in his last seven tests.
"I'm not concerned about it, all my preparation and everything is okay, I've just been out of runs," Haddin said.
"I'm not stressed about it or worried about it, the game will turn my way, the runs will come and it will be my turn soon.
"I've been in these situations before, that's cricket. I'm comfortable where my game's at, everything's going in the right direction, I'd just like to get more runs."
Haddin had been dismissed twice at Brisbane to short-pitched bowling and predicts the Indian pacers to come hard at the Australians in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) test which starts on Friday.
“The Indians showed their hand in Brisbane, that they are going to be quite aggressive,” Haddin said.
‘We’ve got an Indian team playing some good cricket but we want to wrap up the series in Melbourne.”
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