Veteran Australian keeper Brad Haddin retires

The Australian wicketkeeper and batsman Brad Haddin announced his retirement from international and first class cricket. Haddin, the Vice-captain of the Test team for much of the last two years continue to play only Twenty20 cricket for the Sydney Sixers. Haddin controversially lost his place on Australia’s England tour after performing below his usual high standards in the opening game and returned home last month for family reasons.

Haddin played 66 Tests but had to wait until he was 30 to win his first Test cap following the retirement of Adam Gilchrist. Only three Australian wicket-keepers played more Tests than Haddin: Ian Healy (119), Adam Gilchrist (96) and Rod Marsh (96). And his 270 dismissals as a wicketkeeper sit behind only Gilchrist (416), Healy (395) and Marsh (355) for Australia.

Haddin’s Test batting average of 32.99 is bettered only by Gilchrist (47.61) among Australian wicketkeepers who have played more than a dozen Tests. The former New South Wales captain is also the most prolific batsman and wicketkeeper in Australian domestic one-day cricket with 3,010 runs in 94 matches at 34.60 including six centuries. He also claimed 164 dismissals.

Haddin joins all-rounder Shane Watson, captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers who have all retired from international cricket since losing the Ashes. Earlier this year, Haddin retired from ODI internationals after being part of Australia’s World Cup-winning side.

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