By CricketCountry Staff
Sydney: Mar 14, 2012
Australian selector Rod Marsh spoke in support of under-pressure wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, saying he expects the wicket-keeper to retain his place for the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados next month.
''If I wanted to place a punt on it, Haddin will play in the first Test,'' Marsh was quoted saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
''We'll wait and see what happens after that.
''I didn't think he performed badly at all. He didn't make as many runs as he would have liked, or probably as we would have liked. I can recall him dropping one or two catches, which, over a summer of six Test matches, it happens.
''He's probably not been at the peak of his form but he's a hell of a good cricketer. I've known Brad for a long, long time. He's got a very good record for Australia, and I'm just hoping he performs really well in the West Indies. If he performs well, we're going to be a better side.''
Though Marsh said that without a strong showing next month, the 34-year-old could be replaced.
''You expect your keeper to make runs,'' he said.