Brad Haddin affected 270 dismissals as Test wicket-keeper © Getty Images
Brad Haddin effected 270 dismissals as Test wicket-keeper © Getty Images

Brad Haddin has become the latest Australian Test cricketer to announce retirement following the footsteps of Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson into bidding adieu to the baggy green in a short span of time. Haddin’s last game for Australia in the first Test of the Ashes 2015 as did Watson. He skipped the next Test, owing to a family matter involving his ailing daughter Mia, but on making himself available for the third Test, was controversially left out in favour of wicket-keeper Peter Neville who impressed on his debut. Brad Haddin blames himself for Ashes 2015 squad ommision

“I’d just like today to announce my retirement from Test cricket and first class cricket with New South Wales,” Haddin was quoted as saying by theguardian.com. “I’ve enjoyed the 17 years and am comfortable with my decision.” Haddin donned the baggy green on 66 occasions and was an active deputy to captain Clarke and was considered a great leader by his fellow teammates. He scored 3,266 runs in the period from his debut in 2008 to his last game in the Ashes 2015. He averaged 32.98 and as a wicket-keeper affected 270 dismissals, which is the fourth highest among Australians.

“Brad was a vital player during an important period in Australian cricket,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland was quoted as saying by heraldsun.com.au. “His tenacity with bat and gloves was matched with an unflinching will to win which made him the foundation of a changing team. Brad’s strong performances and positive influence on the team were all the more remarkable given he was dealing with the serious illness suffered by his daughter Mia. He showed true leadership at the most difficult of times and proved a loyal deputy to Michael Clarke when appointed vice-captain from the 2013 Ashes series. Brad can be enormously proud of his contribution to Australian cricket on and off the field,” Sutherland added.