• Haddin patched up and poised for Test captaincy

    Date: 2018.07.01 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Brad Haddin is set to continue his remarkable career revival when the Cricket Australia board receives a recommendation that the patched-up wicketkeeper be Australia’s 45th Test captain.

    With Michael Clarke facing a stint on the sidelines, the selectors have decided to avoid anointing a long-term successor to the ailing skipper and instead concentrate on the here and now. Haddin is the official vice-captain but he has been in doubt for the first Test against India since partially dislocating a shoulder during the Abu Dhabi Test.

    However, CA has enough confidence in his fitness to appoint the tough wicketkeeper-batsman as captain for the first Test against India in Brisbane from December 4. He will also represent NSW in the Sheffield Shield game that precedes the Test series.

    Haddin, a former Australia under-19 captain who has led NSW, has been an influential senior figure in the Australian teams since returning to a fractured dressing room during the 2013 tour of India and helped drag the Test side out of the mire. His ascent to acting captain, assuming there are no further dramas with his shoulder between now and the first Test, is a testament to the 37-year-old’s resilience, given that just two summers ago he was overlooked after taking compassionate leave while his daughter was seriously ill.

    The Gundagai-raised gloveman’s toughness was also evident in Abu Dhabi, where he came out to bat and even kept for a while despite his shoulder being black and blue.

    “This is a board matter but I will be applying to the board for Brad Haddin to be the captain of Australia. Nice and simple,” said Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard.

    “Brad has been very good in this process of supporting his captain so we’re not looking for a succession planning captain at this time. We are looking for a person that is ready to go now. We’ve got a lot of other people who in the future might put their hands up but we’ve got a very clear framework of what we’re going with.”

    Howard declined to nominate a vice-captain but it could be an important choice if Haddin lands heavily on his shoulder again, an occupational hazard for wicketkeepers.

    “There’s no one confirmed at this point,” he said. “The fact Brad’s going to be playing in the next round of shield probably alleviates that. We think he’ll be playing and if we need a vice-captain, and injuries happen, we’ll have to think about that.”

    Steve Smith and David Warner both have leadership experience but CA is clearly wary of burdening a young player with the tag of “Next Test captain”. Among the more experienced alternatives, Shane Watson captained one Test in India when Clarke had a back injury while Chris Rogers has captained Middlesex.

    “What we are trying to avoid is to anoint anybody,” Howard said.

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