Brad Haddin retired from international cricket in 2015 © Getty Images
Brad Haddin retired from international cricket in 2015 © Getty Images

Former Australian wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin along with Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey and his younger brother David Hussey will be coaching Australia A since next month onwards. They will also be joined by former Aussie fast bowler Ryan Harris, who is currently working as an assistant coach with Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad. Australia A, India A, South Africa A  and the National Performance squad will be competing in a quadrangular series in when those teams meet the ‘A’ sides from India and South Africa. The One-Day series will commence from August 13 and will see matches being hosted in Townsville and Mackay. ALSO READ: India A to play quadrangular series in Australia

Haddin will work with Troy Cooley in the two official Tests that will feature South Africa A. Cooley heads the coaching staff. David Hussey will then take over as assistant to Cooley in the quadrangular ODI series. Michael Hussey meanwhile, will work with Australia A against India A.

Haddin who will have the opportunity to work on the skills of young wicketkeepers Sam Whiteman, Peter Handscomb and Cameron Bancroft was eager for the chance. “It’s an exciting opportunity,” he said as quoted by cricket.com.au. “I’ve been in contact with Cricket Australia for a long time now since I’ve finished playing and coaching is something I’m not sure I want to go into or not (but) it’s a good opportunity to dip your toe in the water and see if you enjoy it.” ALSO READ: Brad Haddin: The quintessential servant Australian cricket needed in tough times

Haddin who has worked under a number of coaches in his career felt that he will need to remember all thelessons when he takes up the coaching role. “You take little things from all of the coaches,” said Haddin. He added – “I had a wonderful time under Boof (Darren Lehmann), a great time under Tim Nielsen and I just want to see how my time goes with the players.  “Darren and Tim are still guys I still talk to about the game.”

Though Mike Hussey has worked as a batting consultant to teams in the past and has also worked as an assistant coach, Haddin is new to the process and has just completed the Level Three coaching course alongside the Hussey brothers. Haddin said – “It’d be good to be involved all around, I think one thing you get with the Australia A set up, they don’t have quite as many resources as the Australian team so you have to get in there and get your hands dirty and work,” Haddin said. I didn’t think too much about what format it was, it was a chance to keep developing and I’ve been lucky with my sport that I’ve had contact with the pathway. It’s a great opportunity to see if this is what I want to do.”

Haddin retired from international cricket in 2015 and but has been playing T20 cricket for Sydney Thunders in the KFC Big Bash League since his retirement. The 38-year old said – “It’s been a good time since I’ve retired from international cricket. I’ve got three young kids at home and have enjoyed some time at home but I’ve also enjoyed having a look at some different sports and business and seeing how they run their practice. I’m lucky, when I retired there was nothing wrong with my body and I could still compete at that level, the Twenty20 was a really enjoyable time, I’ve got another year to go with the Sixers and I’m looking forward to it.”

However, Haddin and former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy, recently also shared their valuable experience and knowledge as they mentored some of the best and talented upcoming keepers’ in Australia. Haddin enjoyed this opportunity too. “I enjoyed working with the wicketkeepers, it was enjoyable for both parties, I’ve got a passion for the game, cricket has been great to me for a long period of time, I want to be involved some way, this is a good opportunity,” he said.