Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has lashed out against the selectors for handing wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft a debut in the third and final T20I against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Haddin termed Bancroft as just a “part time” keeper and felt that the Australians should have gone for a better keeper.
Haddin’s words make a lot of sense now, considering the fact that Bancroft missed a regulation stumping opportunity while Suresh Raina was new to the crease. That miss undoubtedly cost Australia the game. “Bancroft’s a part-time wicketkeeper, so I don’t know how Tim Paine and Peter Nevill are feeling this morning,” Haddin said. “My take’s always been is it’s a specialist position, the same as a spinner or an opening bowler, so you pick your best wicketkeeper,” Haddin said.
“By the looks of the Australian batting line-up the keeper’s going to bat down at seven and eight anyway, so you need them taking those half chances. I don’t really know the thinking behind playing Bancroft last night. But the chairman of selectors [Rod Marsh] is a wicketkeeper. I don’t really know his rationale behind it,” Haddin added.
The former wicketkeeper also advised the Australians to not repeat the same mistake in the upcoming T20 World Cup in India. “I think Bancroft is a tremendous character and a tremendous opening batter, I think it was a big call giving him the gloves, he only had a couple of games in the Big Bash, and last night there was a stumping missed by Raina early in his innings. My feeling’s that you should pick the best keeper, especially with the World Cup coming.”