Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin says having Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh around squad is invaluable

Brad Haddin (above) hopes Australia can learn from the likes of Glenn McGrath and Steve Waugh © Getty Images

London: Jul 17, 2013

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has called upon the experience of Steve Waugh and Glenn McGrath to help Australia in any which way to get back winning ways at Lord’s. Australia lost the first Ashes 2013 Test at Trent Bridge to England.

Lehmann has also asked other Australian legends like Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to stick around the squad and impart their knowledge on winning at Lord’s and also the Ashes. McGrath’s record at the home of cricket is impeccable. He took 26 wickets at an average of under 12 with three five-wicket hauls.

Waugh’s batting average of 115 is also considered legendary. His highest score was 152. Australia lost the last time they played at Lord’s in 2009, ending their unbeaten run at the ground since 1934. Brad Haddin said having the legends of Australian cricket talk to them and motivate them was a great feeling.

“To have Glenn McGrath there talking about it was great,” said Australia’s vice-captain and wicketkeeper Haddin as reported by The Telegraph.

“We encourage any greats to come and talk to us. Steve Waugh was around too, reinforcing everything we’ve been talking about. They are legends of the game and it’s good to have them around the group.”

The Aussies have played 27 Test matches since 1900 and have only lost twice. In that period they have won 12 matches and drawn 13. It is clear that Lord’s is Australia’s home away from home.

Haddin, along with captain Michael Clarke, played at Lord’s in the 2009 defeat. He also stressed on the fact that Australia need to use the Decision Review System (DRS) better than they did in the first Test.

“If you think it is out you refer it,” added Haddin. “There’s no hidden tactic to DRS. Maybe we need to take emotion out of it. You can go as deep as you want but if we feel it’s out we’ll refer it, if not we won’t.”

The second Test begins on July 18 at Lord’s in London.