Brad Haddin, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has found tremendous support in Australia’s skipper Steve Smith and coach Darren Lehmann. The duo showered praise on Haddin for his contribution to the Australian cricket. Smith, the even went on to say that Haddin was more like a mentor to him. Haddin’s contributions at number 7 for Australia have always been crucial as he has bailed Australia out of choppy waters on several occasions.
“He’s been a terrific player over a long period of time for Australia, certainly one of the best team men I’ve ever been around. He always put the team first in every aspect. Hopefully, the person coming in and filling that job can do it really well for him. He’s been a great mentor for me. I’ve learned so much off him, throughout (playing for) NSW. When I started there, he was captain. I learned a lot off him. In the Australian set-up as well, he always took me under his wing and helped me develop as a player and as a person. I’m very thankful for that,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“It’s a sad day for Australian cricket because he was a fantastic player, a fantastic mentor for a lot of young players. A great mentor for me as coach. He’s a great bloke. I played against him as a youngster, (when I was) with South Australia, and saw him rise through the ranks and play some amazing knocks for Australia. Some of the catches and keeping he did over that period of time, in 66 Test matches, is an amazing achievement for him but also (because of) what he went through personally. It’s a credit to him and (wife) Karina and the kids,” Lehmann said.
“He made some crucial runs for us in Ashes series, and in different series all round in all formats. For us, his keeping was exceptional, his batting was very good. It was a case of him being able to turn a game very quickly for you. That’s what Gilchrist did exceptionally well as well. He’s done a great job for Australia and he should be extremely proud of what he’s achieved on and off the cricket field,” Lehmann said.