It’s about time we bring the Ashes urn back home to Australia, says Brad Haddin

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Haddin is determined to make his country proud during the Ashes

Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin has announced that it is about time the national team won the Ashes and brought home the coveted urn to “make amends” for all their recent failures, both on and off the field.

Haddin’s comments come after England won the historic series and managed to retain the urn in both 2009 and 2010-11.

“It hurts and that won’t go away,” Haddin told Sky Sports. “We’d love to make amends for that in this series and our progress over the last few weeks has been good.

“Now we’re just excited about one of the Tests being in a couple of days’ time. I think it’s important to live in the moment, there’s no point worrying what’s gone before. We can sit and talk about some great games in Australian cricket and English cricket, but it’s now about another exciting Test series in a couple of days’ time. It’s a new campaign now. New dreams are made and new experiences are about to be had so it’s important we move forward and enjoy this for what it is.”

Haddin, who is set to continue coming in at number seven, tried to dodge questions about whether opening batsman David Warner would play a part in Australia’s campaign after he was suspended for punching England’s Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy.

“I don’t know the team now,” he said. “I can speculate on a lot of things but I don’t know the team. I know the openers, and I know who’s batting seventh.

“He’s got as good a chance as anyone in the squad but I haven’t been in discussions with him. Everyone’s excited about the campaign. It’s not hard to get up for a series like this. This is the biggest series that you play from a player’s point of view. It’s not hard to come together and enjoy the moment with an Ashes series about to start.”

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