Brad Haddin has been successful in Test cricket over the last one year © Getty Images
Brad Haddin has been successful in Test cricket over the last one year © Getty Images

Sep 17, 2014

Brad Haddin may lead Australia in Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if Michael Clarke fails to recover in time. Clarke was earlier ruled out of the One-Day International (ODI) series and it was reported that he is trying to get fit for the Tests. Darren Lehmann confirmed that Haddin would be the man to lead if Clarke doesn’t recover. Phil Hughes has been named Clarke’s replacement in the ODI side.

Speaking to Cricket Australia’s official website, Lehmann said, “We talk about that behind the scenes as a selection panel. The thing is we want our best player playing. He’s been a fantastic player for us for over 100 Test matches now and we need our No.4 playing and making runs. We need him back and he knows that, he’s working really hard behind the scenes with the NCC with the physios and the doctors to make sure it doesn’t happen again. All we can do is make sure that when he comes back, he’s right to go.”

However, Lehmann did say that Haddin would lead, who was appointed Test vice-captain last year for the Ashes 2013 in England. Since then, he has been very successful and this is his second coming as a wicketkeeper-batsman.