2015 World Cup or bust for Brad Haddin

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“I think I’ve still got a lot of cricket left in me now and to the 2015 World Cup”

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has his sights set on representing his country at the 2015 World Cup and announced that he will do whatever it takes to gain a spot in the squad.

However, the first problem of Haddin’s dream is the fact that he will be 37 by the time the World Cup comes around, while the second obstacle in his way is regular ODI wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Despite Wade being the preferred choice in limited overs matches, Haddin firmly believes that he has a lot to offer, despite only having played three ODIs in the past 18 months.

“I think I’ve still got a lot of cricket left in me now and to the 2015 World Cup,” Haddin said. “So I’m keen to play there.

“The vice-captaincy, it was an honour to do that on this tour but it doesn’t change the role or how you look at things. You’ve still got to perform. You still have to be challenging yourself to get better.”

Haddin recently surpassed Rod Marsh’s record of 28 wicketkeeping dismissals in a series, but the 35-year-old stated that cricket is not about “looking for personal achievement”.

“I was not aware of the record at all,” Haddin said. “I’d take that back for a win. You don’t go into games looking for personal achievement; you go in looking to win. If you tick those milestones off on the way, it’s flattering but also pretty hollow if you don’t win any cricket games. I’d love to win this one moving forward to Australia.

“We’ve got a pretty good stock of fast bowlers there; especially with Ryan Harris being able to play the couple of back-to-back Tests that he hasn’t done previously. I think I’ve got a few off Nathan Lyon in the last few Tests, so it was good to have him back in the game. Our bowling group has been very consistent for a long time. We’ve just got to find some runs.”

Reflecting on his performance throughout the Ashes, Haddin noted that his batting was in desperate need of improvement, while his work behind the stumps had been excellent.

“I feel comfortable with where my keeping is at,” he said. “It’s felt especially good the last couple of games. It wasn’t where I wanted it to be after Lord’s but it’s back to the rhythm that I’ve been keeping for the last couple of years.”

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