Haddin must open in ODIs, says ex-Oz keeper RixonJanuary 21st, 2009 - 1:40 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Jan.21 (ANI): Former Australian wicketkeeper Steve Rixon believes current wicketkeeper Brad Haddin should open for the team in the one-dayers, as he sees him as one of the “world’’s best strikers of the ball”.
Rixon told the Daily Telegraph, that Haddin was wasted at No. 7 and should be given the licence to thrill on home soil at the SCG for Friday’’s clash with South Africa.
“Unless the selectors are seeing something I”m not seeing, I”d hate to see Brad continue to be pushed down the order. Brad is one of the world’’s best strikers of the ball and the guy most teams always want to get out. He would be perfect during these power plays because in a situation like that he’’s the kind of guy who can score quick runs, Rixon said. Haddin has been run out twice in the one-dayers in Melbourne and Hobart after scoring a rapid-fire 19 off 12 balls and 23 off 26 balls.
The 31-year-old has slipped under the radar this summer as focus has centred on Matthew Hayden’’s replacement and the ever-changing bowling line-up.
The experienced gloveman has amassed 422 runs on Australian soil in Test cricket with a handy average of 52.75.
His only one-day effort at the SCG was 41 runs off 44 balls against Sri Lanka in 2006. Haddin has an overall career strike rate of 79.76 in the 50-over format.
Rixon, who played 13 Tests for Australia, said Haddin continued to look more comfortable behind the stumps and, because of his wealth of experience on the domestic scene, was now one of the side’’s senior statesmen.
Haddin said he was enjoying the challenges of international cricket and felt more part of the side since taking over from Gilchrist last summer. The new father said that because he was relaxed he was now able to play his natural game. (ANI)
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