Monday, August 6, 2012

Australia handed Haddin boost

Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin could be back in the Australia squad for their Test series with South Africa after he returned to training in pre-season.

The 34-year-old has not played for his country since January after taking time out of the game due to family issues.

Haddin understandably flew home from the Caribbean and missed the series with West Indies so that he could be with his seriously ill daughter, Mia.

The New South Wales ace is back with his state team-mates looking forward to the summer Down Under and had an international recall in his sights.

In Haddin's absence, Matthew Wade was handed the gloves both in the five-day game and in the limited-overs action.

Wade was solid enough against the Windies, as Australia secured a 2-0 victory in the three-match Test series.

But the Victorian had problems and some disappointing results and scores in the one-day series against England, as the under-strength tourists were hammered 4-0.

Wade may be the future for the Aussies, but Michael Clarke has always indicated that Haddin remains first choice behind the stumps, when he made himself available once again.

The Australian selectors also appear to think the same way as their skipper, after offering the wicket-keeper/batsman a central contract when the list of players was released in June. The betting line suggests Haddin almost certain to return.

Not only does he bring an extra bit of quality, with three centuries and 10 half centuries to his name, but his experience and desire in the dressing room is often mentioned by other members of the squad.

If the veteran can return and show some form for Blues in the domestic game, then Haddin seems certain to return to face the Proteas later this year.

Australia will face South Africa in a three-Test series, with the first Test due to take place at the Gabba from November 9.

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