A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Brad Haddin raring to make Test return

Haddin has been a big part of the Australian team in the past couple of years

Veteran Australia wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin will have just probably have just two Sheffield Shield matches with New South Wales to impress the national team selectors that he is ready to make his Test return.

Cricket Australia recently released their international schedule this season, with Test series against South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and arch-rivals England all coming up within the next year.

Cricket Australia earlier mentioned that they were ready to give players an “adequate opportunity to prepare and put their hand up for potential higher honours”, but also noted that the Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament will influence their selections as well.

The New South Wales Blues will play four-day matches against Western Australia and Tasmania in September, and Haddin will have to score a lot of runs and keep extremely well in order to convince selectors that he should be back on the Australian Test team for the South Africa series.

From October 9 to 28, the New South Wales Blues will not play any matches scheduled in the Sheffield Shield since Haddin and Pat Cummins will be going to the Champions League Twenty20 with the Sydney Sixers.

Haddin was supposed to be part of the Australian squad for the Test series against the West Indies in April, but pulled out before the start of the series due to personal reasons.

In his absence, Matthew Wade has stepped up and impressed the selectors with his keeping and batting abilities.

During the final Test match of the West Indies tour at Dominica, Wade was the only Australian to register a century, scoring 106 to lead Australia to a 75-run victory.

Haddin, who will turn 35 before the first Test against South Africa, will have showcase all he has during his two Sheffield Shield matches to replace Wade in the Test squad.

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