Is Haddin’s Spot As Australian Keeper In Jeopardy?

Rested or dropped, the emergence of Matthew Wade is creating a few question marks around the career of Brad Haddin

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Wicket keeper Brad Haddin lost his place in the Australian one-day side ahead of the opening game of the Tri-series in place of the much younger Matthew Wade (uncapped prior to his exceptional debut on Wednesday), but does his axing really mark the end for the man behind the sticks?

In his debut, Wade batted very well in the first of two Twenty20 matches, making 72 runs from just 43 balls in an exciting performance that helped spark the Aussie win.

Since debuting against Zimbabwe in 2001, the 34-year-old Haddin has played in 93 matches for Australia, but conceded that he may have played his last game for the one-day side after admitting he was dropped for the series, and not rested as originally reported.

He initially came under scrutiny in December after an unimpressive start to the first Test, scoring 27 off 70 balls, just six in the second innings, and dropping a relatively easy catch. At the time the straight talking Haddin declared that he had a lot of cricket left in him but his play over the remaining three matches didn’t dramatically improve.

Haddin was unable to prove the Australian selectors wrong with a good outing in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Thursday playing for the Prime Minister’s XI as the game was called off due to continuous rain.

It’s nothing new in cricket, or any other sport, to have an older veteran come under media scrutiny each time a younger, electrifying player emerges from the ranks, but Haddin’s position in the Test side appears safe for now and it is not inconceivable that he could regain his one-day position in the near future. Experience, especially when one has 10 years of it, is always valued and unless Wade turns in some stunning performances at the Twenty20 and One-Day levels then we can expect to see Haddin stick around a while yet.