Poor form hampered my comeback - Brad Haddin

Poor form hampered my comeback - Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin, reckoned that his poor form with the bat leading into the Ashes did not work in his favour when pushing for a comeback after the Lord’s Test.
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Australian wicket-keeper, Brad Haddin, reckoned that his poor form with the bat leading into the Ashes did not work in his favour when pushing for a comeback after the Lord's Test.

Haddin made himself unavailable for selection for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in order to be with his ailing daughter.

Peter Nevill, who was picked in place of Haddin for the Lord’s Test, managed to retain his place for the remainder of the series, with Haddin left on the sidelines.

This decision to select Nevill in place of Haddin did not go down well with many former Australian players like Ian Healy, Ricky Ponting Shane Warne and Matthew Hayden.

However, Australian coach, Darren Lehmann opined that it was the hardest call of his career to drop Haddin, as his performances with the bat left a lot to be desired.

Haddin’s form with the bat has been in a steady decline, with averages of 53.00, 38.05, 17.53 and 24.75 in the four years from 2012 to 2015.

Understanding the decision to select Nevill in his place, Haddin stated that his batting performances have left him susceptible.

“I put myself in that position to not come back, my performances with the bat probably hadn’t been where they should be,” Haddin told Fairfax.

“I made the decision for my family that I was unavailable for the Lord’s Test.

“We’re playing a professional sport and I understand the consequences that come with that.

“My performances with the bat over the last little bit put myself into that position.”

In the absence of Haddin, Nevill made the most out of his opportunity, taking 17 catches behind the stumps and scoring 143 runs from four matches.

The Ashes defeat also saw Michael Clarke announce his retirement from international cricket, a decision that has not come as a surprise to Haddin.

Haddin opined that with Clarke achieving everything in his career, it was a right time to pass on the baton to the next generation.

“Michael’s been a great player for Australia for a long time and I think he’s stated in the past that you play for these big tournaments, like an Ashes campaign.

“I think once they’re not there, he’s given the opportunity to (new captain) Steve Smith to build his team.

“Michael’s had a fantastic run, his record speaks for itself.

“I wasn’t that shocked to see him go after the Ashes, he’s done everything in his career and there was nothing left to achieve, so he deserves to hold his head high and enjoy retirement.” 

Putting his confidence in Clarke’s successor - Smith, Haddin observed that the 26-year-old’s incredible form over the last few months will be an added advantage.

“I think the most important thing with Steve taking over is that he’s at the top of his game with the bat.

“He doesn’t have to second guess himself, his form with the bat over the past 12 months has been nothing short of outstanding.

“He will grow into his leadership and he’s got a chance to mould the Test and one-day team the way he likes leading into some big tournaments.” 

Smith will lead Australia in the limited overs’ leg of the series against England, which will get underway on 31st August with the lone Twenty20 International in Cardiff. 

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