ACA congratulates Brad Haddin after he calls time on career

09 Sep 2015

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The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) congratulated Brad Haddin after he announced his retirement from international and state cricket today.

The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman will continue to play Twenty20 cricket for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.

ACA President Greg Dyer paid tribute to Haddin.

“Brad Haddin has been an outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman for both New South Wales and Australia,” he said.

“His record with bat and gloves underline his talent and dedication to his craft, but it’s his contribution within the team that endeared him to teammates. Fiercely loyal, competitive and passionate, he earned enormous respect from both his peers and opponents.

“Brad loved the contest, loved the challenge and loved the camaraderie.

“He has been a hardened senior figure in the Australian team for many years and has played a key role in the development of many of the younger players. Having been the beneficiaries of Brad’s guidance and experience, there’s no doubt that they are better placed to face the challenges ahead.

“On behalf of all current and former players, I congratulate Brad on all he has achieved and wish him, Karina and their family the very best in the next chapter of their lives."

Although debuting at state level for the Canberra Comets at age 20, Haddin had to wait for ten years and the retirement of Adam Gilchrist to make his Test debut. He went on to play 66 Tests.

Only Ian Healy, Gilchrist and current chairman of selectors Rod Marsh played more Tests for Australia as a 'keeper. Haddin’s Test batting average of 32.99 is bettered only by Gilchrist (47.61) amongst Australian wicketkeepers who have played more than a dozen Tests.

Career Highlights

*From Queanbeyan, Haddin debuted with the short-lived Canberra Comets in the state one-day competition, playing nine matches over two seasons with an average of 41 including a century.

*He played nine ODIs as a specialist batsman alongside Adam Gilchrist before Gilchrist retired in 2008.

*Haddin topped the series batting averages in Australia’s 2013-14 whitewash of England with 493 runs at 61.63, passing 50 six times and scoring a century.

*Only three Australian wicketkeepers played more Tests than Haddin’s 66: Ian Healy (119), Adam Gilchrist (96), Rod Marsh (96).

*Haddin’s 270 dismissals as a wicketkeeper sits behind only Gilchrist (416), Healy (395) and Marsh (355) for Australia.

*He served as vice-captain of Australia’s Test team but pushed for Steve Smith to replace Michael Clarke when the latter retired as captain.

State Cricket Highlights

*Holds the NSW games record of 195 matches across all formats jointly with Greg Matthews.

*By far the most prolific NSW first class wicket-keeper, scoring 5829 runs at 41.94

*His 316 first-class dismissals for NSW are second to Phil Emery’s 378.

*Haddin is 11th on the NSW list of first-class run scorers with 5829 runs at 41.94 including 11 centuries.

*He is the most prolific batsman and wicketkeeper in Australian domestic one-day cricket with 3010 runs in 94 matches at 34.60 including six centuries. He also claimed 164 dismissals.

Statistics

66 Tests, 3266 runs at 32.98, 4x100s & 18x50s (HS 169), 262 catches & 8 stumpings

126 ODIs, 3122 runs at 31.53, 2x100s & 16x50s (HS 110), 170 catches & 11 stumpings

34 T20Is, 402 runs at 17.47, 17 catches & 6 stumpings

184 F/class, 9932 runs at 38.05, 17x100s & 56x50s (HS 169), 608 catches & 40 stumpings