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Brad Haddin
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Personal information
Full name Bradley James Haddin
Born 23 October 1977 (1977-10-23) (age 39)
Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname BJ, Hadds
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style None
Role Wicket-keeper-batsman
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 400) 22 May 2008 v West Indies
Last Test 5–9 December 2013 v England
ODI debut (cap 144) 30 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 10 February 2013 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 57
T20I debut (cap 16) 9 January 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 13 February 2013 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993–1995 ACT Comets
1999–present New South Wales
2011–present Kolkata Knight Riders
2011–present Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC T20
Matches 51 102 165 56
Runs scored 2,779 2,692 9,366 1,047
Batting average 36.09 31.30 39.68 21.36
100s/50s 4/14 2/16 17/52 0/4
Top score 169 110 169 76
Catches/stumpings 200/5 142/9 540/37 36/15
Source: [1], 9 December 2013

Bradley James Haddin (born 23 October 1977 in Cowra, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.

Domestic and Club Career

Haddin's family moved to Queanbeyan in 1989 when he was 12 and he played for the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club Juniors to the age of 15 before joining the Australian National University (ANU) Grade Cricket Club, representing 1st grade at age 16. Haddin was selected in the first ever Mercantile Mutual Cup season of 1997–98 for the Canberra Comets, with whom he began his professional cricketing career. In the 1999–2000 season, he began playing for the New South Wales Blues to pursue further cricketing opportunities. Since then, he has produced several memorable batting innings, including a top score of 133 against Victoria. Haddin was signed by Chennai Super Kings in the 2010 IPL. In the 2011 Indian Premier League season, Haddin was contracted by Kolkata Knight Riders for US$325,000.

On 26 September 2012, Haddin scored a century in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the Bankstown Oval, his first since his century in the first Ashes test against England in November 2010.

International career

In September 2003, Haddin replaced Simon Katich as captain of New South Wales, while Katich was on international duty, and he since been acting-captain on numerous occasions. He has also captained Australia A. For most of his career Haddin was Australia A wicketkeeper but was drafted into the full squad as back-up wicketkeeper in case Adam Gilchrist was injured or rested. He made his international debut in a one day international on 30 January 2001 against Zimbabwe in Hobart. He made one stumping and made 13 runs. He was demoted from second choice wicket keeper for Australia in 2001 by Wade Seccombe and later Ryan Campbell, but reclaimed this position in late 2004.

On 18 September 2006, playing against West Indies at Kuala Lumpur in the DLF Cup, Haddin and Australian captain Mike Hussey put on 165, which at that time was a world-record stand for the sixth wicket in ODIs. After Gilchrist's retirement in early 2008, Haddin finally made his Test debut on 22 May against the West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica, becoming Australia's 400th Test cricketer.

Haddin was involved in a controversy relating to the dismissal of Neil Broom in an ODI between Australia and New Zealand in Perth in February 2009. Broom was given out bowled but replays clearly showed that Haddin's gloves had disturbed the bails. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori expressed his dissatisfaction with Haddin's actions in not calling Broom back to the wicket. His comment led to an angry retort from Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Ponting defended his team mate saying that Haddin was convinced the ball hit the stumps. On 15 February 2009, Haddin became acting Australian captain for the Twenty20 against New Zealand after Ricky Ponting was rested and Michael Clarke was injured.

On 9 March 2010, in the third match of the 2009–10 Chappell-Hadlee One Day International series against New Zealand, Haddin scored his second ODI hundred, hitting 110 off 121 balls opening the Australian innings. He was ruled out of the 2010 ODI series in England due to an elbow injury, which he claims flared up when he smashed that century against New Zealand in March.

On 27 November 2010, in the opening match of the The Ashes series 2010–11 at The Gabba, Brisbane, Haddin scored 136, his third test hundred, in a valuable innings that helped Australia to a commanding first innings lead. He went on in the series to collect 360 runs at an average of 45.00. He was dropped for Australia's Twenty20 series against England in January 2011 in favour of Tim Paine, a decision which Haddin said had left him "confused". He retired from T20 internationals in September 2011, to focus on ODIs and Tests. He was axed from the ODI team in January 2012 after a poor 2011 home season. At this point, he remained the first choice wicket-keeper for Australia in Tests, but the emergence of Matthew Wade threatened his place. Inevitably, in October 2012, Haddin was axed from the Test team, making way for Wade, although the national selector John Inverarity stated that Haddin remained a "player of significant interest".

Haddin was recalled to the Australia squad for the 2013 Ashes series, and selected as wicketkeeper for the first test. During the series Haddin set a new record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a Test series with 29 dismissals, all caught.

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