Haddin return welcome news: Clarke
It’s been a tough 12 months for Brad Haddin but Michael Clarke firmly believes the veteran wicketkeeper still has plenty to offer Australia’s cricket team.
Haddin, who quit the tour of the Caribbean in March to come home for personal reasons, returned to the national set-up for last week’s camp in Darwin as preparation for the upcoming limited overs tour of the United Arab Emirates.
And while the veteran wicketkeeper won’t be a part of that tour, Clarke said his NSW teammate showed he still has plenty to offer Australia’s cricket team.
“I always love having Brad around,” Clarke said.
“He’ll do anything for the team. He’s a great man. The last few months have obviously been quite hard for him and his family but I think he’s enjoying being back around the boys and he knows he can pick up the phone and call me, 24-7, I’ll be there to chat to him.
“He’s made it very clear to both Mickey (Arthur, coach) and me he wants to get back playing for Australia.”
Clarke said Haddin realises however he’s no guarantee of returning to the national set-up and it will take a big domestic summer to get him back in the frame.
During the past year Haddin has lost the wicketkeeping position in all three forms of the game to Victorian Matthew Wade.
But despite the competition between the pair, Clarke said Haddin was only too happy to work with his replacement during the Darwin camp.
“His relationship with all the team, but especially Matthew Wade, is outstanding and they did a lot of work together in Darwin,” he said.
“That probably sums up the type of guy Hadds is, he’s very competitive – don’t get me wrong – but he’ll do whatever is in the best interest of the team.”© AAP 2013