Former Aussie keeper Haddin cherishes 5-nil Ashes whitewash

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Former Aussie keeper Haddin cherishes 5-nil Ashes whitewash
Brad Haddin

Published: Fri 22 Jul 2016, 7:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 23 Jul 2016, 1:09 AM

 Brad Haddin was late on the Australian cricket scene but made the most of the lost time during the 2013 Ashes series. While succeeding Adam Gilchrist, Haddin played through pain during the 2009 series and says he 'would do it all over again' for Australia. New South Wales top-drawer says leg-spinner Stuart MacGill is the best turner of the ball and he enjoyed the challenge. Now, he looks forward to coaching but says family is No.1 priority, well it always was.
Haddin is taking part in the Fun Nation cricket clinic held at the du Forum, Yas Island Abu Dhabi.
Excerpts from an interview:
Why wicket keeping? Everyone behind the stumps has an interesting story to tell on why and how they first donned the gloves, what's yours?
It started at the U-13 representative trials. I put my hand up to trial for everything. I was looked past as a fast bowler, didn't get the opportunity as an opening batsmen. When I saw none had put their hand up for wicket-keeping I knew I was in with a chance.
Who is more difficult to read - Shane Warne or Stuart MacGill?
I only kept to Shane Warne a couple of times, but was lucky enough to play most of my career with Stuart MacGill. There is nothing more enjoyable then the challenge of keeping to Stuart MacGill on the last day of a match at the SCG.
Adam Gilchrist changed the way keeper's used to bat. Did he influence you in any manner?
Adam Gilchrist definitely changed the way keepers were perceived. With the success of his all round game, you now have to be a true all-rounder to be able to succeed as a keeper in modern cricket.
You had played through pain and broken fingers on a couple of occasions. Which among them tops your list?
In the 2009 Ashes, I broke a finger during the warm-up and was forced to miss the third Test. I was able to return for the last two Tests with painkilling needles. I was then forced to have three months rest. Due to my love for the Ashes campaign though, I wouldn't change a thing and would do it all over again.
How difficult was it for you to balance professional and personal life, in light of your daughter's illness?
Not difficult at all. The priority was always putting my daughter first. I was just luck as her condition got better and I was able to return to the game I love.
Cricket Australia has failed in their transition from ODI to T20. What are the reasons for this?
Australia have some of the most talented T20 players in the world, we have just clicked as a team in the last couple of World Cup tournaments. I honestly think we are as talented as any other team at T20 in the world.
Are you happy with the present squad being selected to play Sri Lanka?
I think we are entering a really exciting era in Australian cricket under Steve Smith. I think the young team has the potentially of creating some long-term success as a unit.

By Ashwani Kumar

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