Brad Haddin believes settled preparation will help Australia reclaim the Ashes

Brad Haddin said England won the bigger moments during the Ashes 2013 series © Getty Images

Sep 5, 2013

Brad Haddin is hungry to reclaim the Ashes in 2013-14 after losing in England last month. He said a more settled preparation will help Australia in getting back the urn.

The preparations for the Ashes 2013 did not go according to plan as coach Mickey Arthur was sacked and was replaced by Darren Lehmann before the first Test match.

Several changes were made by Lehmann as he brought in Chris Rogers as an opener and kept faith with Steven Smith. He also managed to make Ryan Harris play four tests in-a-row and by doing so to become Australia’s leading wicket-taker.

Haddin said those changes will eventually help Australia in reversing the results Down Under right from the first match in Brisbane at The Gabba, which starts on November 21.

“The biggest thing coming into the next series is stability. ‘There will be no surprises, we know what we’re going to get with England.” said Haddin as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

“We have a pretty settled group going into that campaign, so there will be no excuses not just to be focused on cricket. ‘I’m focused to get my teeth into another Ashes campaign at home.”

The Australian wicketkeeper was exceptional behind the stumps during the Ashes 2013 series and justified his selection in the team. Haddin, with 29 dismissals, broke Rodney Marsh’s world record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a Test series.

Haddin was out of the side for 18 months before taking over from Matthew Wade at the start of the series. He played all five matches as England won the Ashes 3-0.

He will turn 36 in October, but he is not showing any signs of slowing down. He still harboured dreams of getting into the One-Day International (ODI) team and playing the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

On the Ashes defeat, Hadding said that England did better in the moments.

”We’ve got to improve to beat this crop of England players, our best cricket will compete against any team in the world. It comes down to experience and being in those big occasions and getting better,” he said.

”It’s okay to make one or two mistakes in those moments, but you’ve got to learn from those mistakes and move forward. We’ve just got to be conscious that when the big moments arrive, we have to grab hold of them. Leading into the home summer I think we’ll be in a good place.”

The fifth Test at The Oval finished in controversial circumstances as Australia resorted to delaying tactics to run down time as the skies became darker. The umpires stopped play and the match was drawn with England needing 21 runs in four overs.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon does not think that there will be any bad blood between the two sides when the return Ashes begins.

“It’s an Ashes series so everything’s on the line, the contest is there. We know where the line is. We don’t over-step it, we certainly head-butt it sometimes, but we’re not going to get over it,” said Lyon.

Lyon was replaced by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar for the first two Tests, but got his spot back for the remainder of the series. He picked up nine wickets in the final three matches.