Haddin should be a good chance of playing in the Ashes

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    Australian keeper Brad Haddin walks back to the dressing rooms after getting out against England on day one of the fourth Ashes Test against England at the MCG in Melbourne, Sunday, Dec.26, 2010. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

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    Eight months ago Brad Haddin left the tour of the Caribbean to be with his very ill daughter.

    Matthew Wade then took the reigns as Australia’s number one keeper by scoring a hundred in testing conditions in the third Test against the West Indies. When Wade was picked over Haddin for the Test series this summer, his career looked all but over.

    But good form during the Sheffield Shield, Big Bash League and a controversial decision to rest Wade (one of four Australian Test players rested from the ODI side) has Haddin back in the One Day International line-up and has a chance to stake his claim for a Test recall.

    He couldn’t have done better in his first game back. It wasn’t Haddin’s batting that would please the selectors and coach but it was his glove work.

    Haddin showed no signs of what was a mere shadow of himself last season, emphasised when he took one of the catches of the season late in the Sri Lankan batting innings. Dinesh Chandimal, who had been batting well for 73, edged one wide of Haddin’s right side when he dived and took a spectacular catch where he was almost completely parallel to the ground.

    Matthew Wade, who was controversially rested for the first two ODI’s, has been in blistering form with the bat, but his glove work has been ordinary.

    Yes, he is only 24 years old and has a long way to go, but with such a huge year of cricket coming up which includes a Test series in India, the Ashes in England, the Champions Trophy in England and the Ashes back home, Wade will need to improve his glove work dramatically.

    This comes after John Inverarity stated that if they were to play two keepers, Wade would be the keeper and Haddin would play just as a batsman.

    That could change quickly if Haddin continues his good form with the gloves and bat and if Wade can’t improve quickly enough.

    It is likely that Australia will take two keepers to either India or England, but they should only have one keeper playing in the starting XI and not have one as just a batsman.

    We know that the selectors have constantly slated Wade as the number one keeper, but this can change by the end of the Australian summer.

    The selectors will have to examine closely the two keepers’ performances during the Tests, ODI and domestic games and determine who to play come India and the Ashes.

    But right now, Brad Haddin’s career is far from over and he could well be on his way to the Ashes in July.

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    • January 12th 2013 @ 7:28am
      Oracle said | January 12th 2013 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      Tim Paine should be a better chance.

    • January 12th 2013 @ 8:15am
      Jason said | January 12th 2013 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      He IS a good chance but shouldn’t be.

    • January 12th 2013 @ 10:34am
      Bearfax said | January 12th 2013 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      He’s playing well but Wade is playing better…full stop

      • January 12th 2013 @ 11:18am
        Sanjay said | January 12th 2013 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        I would be ok with Haddin as a backup keeper but to take him or wade as a batsman over someone like khawaja would be wrong as khawaja is a long term star for us and needs to be given a chance to show what he can do

    • January 12th 2013 @ 2:05pm
      Sanjay said | January 12th 2013 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      I agree my top 7 would be watson warner hughes khawaja clarke wade watto

      • January 12th 2013 @ 2:24pm
        Bearfax said | January 12th 2013 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Sorry Sanjay. According to the rules of the game, a batsman can only bat once an innings

        • January 12th 2013 @ 7:25pm
          WarneFan said | January 12th 2013 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

          Have to agree with Bearfax there Sanjay- Just by calling him by his last name and then his nickname isn’t enough- it’s got to be a different player altogether. And you’d have watto batting 7 (behind the keeper) even though he’s given up bowling and become a batsman??

        • January 12th 2013 @ 7:41pm
          Rohit said | January 12th 2013 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

          Hehe well picked BearFax, i think sanjay meant to have someone else at 7. Haddin gets one good catch and we are trying to get the 36 year old back in, Wade is the future and Paine should be backup keeper. And Haddin can never be picked as batsman, the likes of Khawaja are well ahead of him along with Doolan and Cosgrove as backup batsman. Lets focus on the futuree and get the likes of Paine and Khawaja in.

    • January 12th 2013 @ 7:52pm
      Jason said | January 12th 2013 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

      Healy was reportedly pretty scathing of Wade in the News Limited press today – particularly how the missed chances can start to create dressing room friction when the victim is a bowler struggling to keep his spot.

      And he said that Hartley should be ahead of Paine.

    • January 13th 2013 @ 1:30am
      dayno said | January 13th 2013 @ 1:30am | ! Report

      Agree with Rohit. Haddin has had his time, he is too old. Wade deserves an oppurtunity as does Paine. If Cricket Australia is that desperate for experience, what ever happened to Simon Katich? Or perhaps bring back Shaun Marsh who is in great form. Haddin is not the answer in my opinion as Wade is only getting better and Khawaja surely would be next for a batsmen only role?

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