Haddin keeping calm

October 26, 2010 at 8:43 am Leave a comment


The Australians still have a fair few decisions to make before next month’s opening Test in Brisbane. There is the Marcus North, Phillip Hughes issue as well as whether to play a specialist spinner on the pace friendly Gabba pitch. The wicket-keeping position still seems to be far from resolved as well, with Brad Haddin missing much of the season with elbow and finger injuries. In Haddin’s absence, Tim Paine has stepped up and performed admirably behind the stumps, averaging 35 in his four recent appearances against India and Pakistan.

Haddin has insisted he isn’t sweating over his Ashes place and is instead focusing on getting himself match fit. The 32-year-old returned to action for New South Wales last week and will need to prove his fitness to the Aussie selectors. After all, even though the Ashes betting makes the home side favourites, they cannot afford to carry any deadweight.

“In all honesty I haven’t worried about everyone else, I can only worry that I’m available to play,” he said.

Haddin has proved on countless occasions since taking over from Adam Gilchrist that he is a quality Test keeper/batsman and will be hoping to keep his spot with his reputation and anyone looking to bet on the Ashes should remember what he can do.

At 25-years-old, Paine will be the future of Australian wicket-keeping and the management may want him to keep gaining Test match experience. Paine’s performances impressed many in Australia with his captain Ricky Ponting declaring the Tasmanian “every bit a Test keeper”. However, the Ashes is a bigger beast than most other Test series and the Aussie’s may decide Paine is still a bit too raw to be thrown in at the deep end.

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