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Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has revealed that he may retire from international cricket after the 2015 Ashes series against England.
Haddin played a crucial role in helping Australia whitewash England 5-0 in the last Ashes series as he scored 493 runs, which included one century and five half-centuries, at a brilliant average of 61.62.
“I’ve enjoyed being part of the Australian group. We’ve got a big schedule with the World Cup and Ashes and they’re as big a carrot as you can have put in front of you from a cricketer’s point of view,” Haddin was quoted as saying in the Big Sports Breakfast weekend radio show. “I’d like to be part of that, after that it’d be fair enough to say it’s pretty close to the end there.”
Haddin also admitted that he was emotionally drained after the back-to-back Ashes series and tour of South Africa in March.
“I don’t think I was ever going to retire, I still think I’ve got a lot of cricket in me,” he said. “After the emotional and mental drain of coming back and playing the way we did in the Ashes, from where I’d come from to get to that point I just hit a wall.
“It wasn’t physically, it was more emotionally – I just needed to do nothing for a while. It took more out of me than I thought to get back. Now I feel as good as ever, it was just the emotional drain of coming back and getting to where I got.”
In order to ensure he is fully fit prior to the start of the Test series against India, Haddin has been rolling on his right shoulder a lot as of late after he injured it during the recent Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
“The reason behind that was to see if it would stay in the joint and it did, it’s all moving in the right direction, which is good,” Haddin said.