Haddin still believes he has a future in the national team
Just a day after the Australia team for the first Test against South Africa was released, veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has admitted that he always had a gut feeling that the national selectors had already chosen to pick Matthew Wade over him a long time ago.
“In all honesty I think this decision was made a long time ago so I was pretty content where everything was at. I don’t think it was made overnight. I think this decision was made to go this direction a long time ago, I’d been around cricket long enough to know which direction things were going. My job is to get back to NSW and like everyone else enjoy Australia regaining the number one Test ranking in the world,” Haddin said.
Nowadays, Australian cricketers are informed about where they stand in regards to others, and Haddin noted that he was proud to see Wade in the Test team.
Haddin added that there were no hard feelings between him and Wade.
“He deserves his opportunity and he’s played well since he’s come into the Australian team,” Haddin said. “I wish all the boys luck. It’s going to be a massive series against South Africa. With a bit of luck the result at the end of it is number one in the world. I get on well with most players I’ve played with so from that point of view Matt knows I’m there if he needs any advice. I’ve been watching his game over the last 12 months and he’s just going from strength to strength so from that point of view Australia are in safe hands,” Haddin said.
Haddin noted that he would go back to representing New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield and look to impress the national selectors with both the bat and gloves.
“Now it’s just about going back and performing. I’m here if they need me, they know that. From that point of view its about performing for NSW. [Team performance manager] Pat Howard has been good through this whole process during the last six months. I’ve known exactly where I stand, from my point of view it’s just making sure my game keeps improving and going in the direction that it is at the moment,” Haddin added.
The veteran stated that he was excited to be back amongst the talented pool of players of New South Wales and couldn’t wait to play for them again after leading the Sydney Sixers to victory at the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in South Africa recently.
“You can see the way the Sixers performed over the last couple of weeks and during the Big Bash, you need that mix, we’ve got a group at the moment who needs that bit of leadership and a few older guys around,” Haddin added.
After sustaining an elbow injury last summer, Haddin has been training vigorously over the past six months to regain his batting form.
“I think my batting is back to where it was two years ago. I’ve ironed a few things out which I’m pretty happy with, I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment. I’m actually enjoying being back playing. From that point of view life goes on … I just hope to continue to improve as a cricketer,” Haddin said.