Has Brad Haddin played his final Test for Australia? © Getty Images
Has Brad Haddin played his final Test for Australia? © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Outgoing Australian skipper Michael Clarke has indicated that veteran wicket-keeper Brad Haddin would follow him and Chris Rogers into retirement after the final Ashes Test at Kennington Oval. Haddin, who left the early tour citing family reasons, if retires will be the fourth Australian to retire in the ongoing Ashes after Clarke, Rogers and Ryan Harris, Sport24 reported. Harris had called off his international career on the eve of Ashes after suffering from a prolonged knee injury and Rogers confirmed that the Oval clash would be his last Test. Clarke who plays his final international match today, had earlier expressed his desire to regain some lost pride in the Ashes finale and that the Oval Test would be an assessment of his side’s character. READ: Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke expects 5th Test to end in 3 days

Meanwhile, England, who have already regained the Ashes after their crushing victories over the arch rivals at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge respectively, would be eyeing to create history at the Kennigton Oval. The hosts, who have never won four Tests in a home Ashes series, are now within sight of their biggest margin of victory since Mike Brearley led England to a 5-1 success in Australia in 1978/79. READ: READ: Pat Cummins might play 5th Ashes Test at the Oval after good tour match

The culmination of a five-Test Ashes series will be best served if there is the urn on the line, but despite a one-sided contest this summer, the final Test at The Oval will be an emotional one. Clarke, the last link to the distinguished Australian team of the 2000s, will not play international cricket for his country any more. It is hard to conceive a win when the wheels have fallen off, but when the occasion is big, and amid huge adversity, a stunning comeback for pride cannot be ruled out from a wounded side. The ‘Dad’s Army’ is likely to fade away after this tour, but it will want to make a statement of intent before departing the arena. READ: READ: David Warner named vice-captain of Australian Test side