After winning the 2015 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin has revealed that he might follow the footsteps of outgoing skipper Michael Clarke and quit the 50-over format. Haddin, 37, has been an integral part of the Australian unit and has featured in 126 ODIs and has 171 catches and 11 stumpings to his credit.
Apart from plucking catches and clobbering bowlers in the death overs, Haddin is also known for his colourful vocabulary and it was visible during the finals at the MCG where the New Zealanders were at the receiving end. Haddin started the verbal battle from the first ball of the match and continued throughout the Kiwi innings. However, the 37-year old wicket-keeper batsman defended his on-field altercations.
Talking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Haddin said that the ‘nice’ Black Caps ‘deserved’ a send-off. “You know what? They deserved it,” Haddin was quoted. “They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable. I can’t stand for this anymore; we’re going at them as hard as we can. I’m not playing cricket like this. I’m not playing another one-day game, so they can suspend me for as long as they like.”
Haddin was seen giving ‘send-offs’ to Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliot but it also included hard-hitting batsman Brendon McCullum. The Kiwi Skipper admitted the same.
“I think I ran down the second ball, didn’t I?” McCullum had said. “Hadds actually asked me before the first ball, he said, ‘are you still going to have a crack today’, and I said, ‘too right I am’.” A few hours later, Australia and Haddin were celebrating the World Cup title while singing the team song ‘Under The Southern Cross’.
Australian skipper Michael Clarke defended the altercations from his 37-year old wicket-keeper. “I can’t remember a player getting a send-off. Maybe I was too far from the action,” Clarke was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald. “Obviously it’s a World Cup final. There’s passion, there’s excitement, there’s adrenalin running through the guys’ bodies,” he said. “I don’t think there was anything that was below the belt.”
With the retirement of Haddin, Australia will look to few prospects as far as ODI is concerned with Matthew Wade being the former wicket-keeper who held the post. Even after his retirement, Haddin doesn’t intend to leave the Aussie dressing room. He aspires to be a coach and keep contributing to Australia cricket.