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Brad Haddin fears he may never regain his spot as Aussie wicket keeper

CHAIRMAN of selectors John Inverarity insists that Brad Haddin has only been rested, despite claims by Australia's under pressure gloveman that he has been dropped.

Haddin believes he may never win his spot back after Victoria’s Matthew Wade was chosen for Australia’s first three one-day matches of the summer against India and Sri Lanka over the next fortnight, beginning on Sunday at the MCG.

"I think any time you're out of the Australian cricket team I think you're dropped," Haddin told Sky Sports Radio yesterday.

"You give another guy an opportunity to take your spot and you've got to look if they do well, you could find it hard to get back in the team.

"But that's the way it is and I've just got to deal with that and make sure I'm ready to play."

Haddin has averaged under 30 in four of his past seven Test sides, with three of them being in the teens, a shadow of the clean striker who can dominate attacks.

However Inverarity reassured Haddin that he was still the incumbent Test wicket-keeper, although there were no guarantees the 34-year-old would return to the one-day side after three games.

“It’s very clear,” Inverarity told News Limited newspapers yesterday.

“Brad has had a rigorous keeper-batsman role through quite a few Tests and we are also trying to develop other cricketers.

“We’re trying to get a pool of fast bowlers, a pool of batsmen, a couple of wicket-keepers and some spinners.

“This was an ideal opportunity for Brad to have a spell for a while and for us to play Wade, who is a player of particular interest, and to trail him while Brad was having a spell.

“After three games we’d have a sense of whether we’ll keep going with Wade or back to Haddin.

“I had that conversation with Brad. `It’s good for you to have a spell.’

“Chatting with Brad he couldn’t have been more relaxed about it.

“As far as the selectors are concerned he hasn’t been dropped from the Australian team and be forced to win his place back.”

Haddin has retired from Twenty20 internationals, allowing Wade to keep tonight and on Friday night against India at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and the MCG.

Instead Haddin will return home to captain the Prime Minister's XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on Friday in what he believes is a bid to regain his place.

"If you give your spot up and someone does well you've got no right just to walk straight back in," he said.

"I'm actually looking forward to the PM's game, for someone from Canberra it's a great opportunity to get back and captain that side.

"It's what it is at the moment. I've just got to make sure the next time I get an opportunity again I'm ready to go and I know I will be."

Posted on 2012-01-31 19:15:55
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