Haddin slams Vettori for doubting his integrity

February 2nd, 2009 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Feb 2 (IANS) Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has hit back at New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori for questioning his integrity in the first One-dayer of the Chappell-Hadlee series.Vettori stopped just short of calling the Australian a cheat following the controversial dismissal of Neil Broom in the Kiwis’ two-wicket win in Perth Sunday.

Vettori believed Broom was not bowled by spinner Michael Clarke, but rather Haddin’s gloves had removed the bails.

Haddin declared his innocence and lashed out at Vettori.

Haddin admitted his gloves crept forward of the stumps, which under cricket’s laws should be deemed a no-ball, but he was adamant Clarke’s delivery hit the woodwork before bouncing into his gloves.

“I’m pretty disappointed in Dan (Vettori) that he did not have the decency to come and speak to me after the game if he had an issue with it rather than air his thoughts in a press conference,” Haddin was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph Monday.

“I think the polite or the decent thing to do would be to come and ask me.”

“He’s played a lot of cricket now and he knows too well what happens with these situations, so I thought it was a bit low. He should have come and talked to me,” Haddin said.

“It’s disappointing when anyone questions your integrity. I think it’s quite poor. I was unaware at the time my hands were in front of the stumps.”

“After looking at the replay, my hands were in front of the stumps but the ball - I’m 100 per cent positive (it) hit the bails first and then came up into my gloves.”

Vettori Monday sought to downplay the situation.

“It was a subjective analysis of the situation, there was no intention of casting aspersions on his character,” Vettori said.

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