Thursday, February 16, 2012

Haddin omission lacked clarity - players' chief

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin understood that he was being rested for a day of duty, after a poor test series against India and selectors could have handled better their omission, according to the Players Association chief Paul Marsh.

Haddin was left out for the first three games of the triangular series against India and Sri Lanka, with chief selector John Inverarity citing the need for the player being "rested" for future international obligations.

But it was forgotten again at a 14-man squad named this week for the next two matches against Sri Lanka on Friday and India on Sunday, provoking accusations from former players and current confused messages from the jury.

His replacement Matt Wade kept his place in the squad after scoring a 16 and, following a match-winning half-century on his one day debut against India in the series debut in Melbourne.

Australian Cricketers Association chief Marsh said Haddin, at least, was aware of where he was.

"He told me he had communicated with him that I wanted to try Matthew Wade," Marsh told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It seems a lot of talk came from the line 'at rest'.

"From the standpoint of a player, we are convinced that she was treated OK. He could have been handled better from a public perspective."

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh described "enforced rest" Haddin as confusing as the wicketkeeper's team-mate Shane Watson said he felt sorry for him being in "limbo."

Local media have lined up to criticize the newly created board, which replaced the former headed by Andrew Hilditch last year after an evaluation of team performance.

The Argus Review, launched following the humiliating defeat of Australia 3-1 in the Ashes series to England at home last year, criticized the panel prior to selection decisions and confused because he could not make the appropriate succession planning.

Haddin will play a home game Sheffield Shield for New South Wales this week, he struggles to regain his place in the team.

"He has a week that I hope he is not answering these questions over and he can get a very good Sheffield Shield game under your belt to score some runs, take some catches, and a guy comes out this week much happier he is right now, "former Test captain Ricky Ponting told reporters.

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