Former Australian skipper and legend Ricky Ponting said that Axing the 37 year old wicket keeper is a huge mistake. Haddin, who pulled out of the Lord’s test to look after his sick daughter Mia has been kept out of the third Test too. Ponting expressed his views and claimed it as a disappointing act from Cricket Australia.
This is what Ricky Ponting had to say on Cricket Australia’s decision:
“I am disappointed with the decision to leave Brad Haddin out of the Test team for Edgbaston,” he said in a column for The Australian newspaper, adding that he was “the heart and soul of the team”.
“All reports suggest he would have played at Lord’s but he made the only and right decision to be with his daughter Mia who was very ill in hospital and missed that match.
“I know it would have been a hard call for him, he has been a single-minded and determined servant of Australian cricket, but he rightfully put his family first and has paid the price for it.
“I know he won’t complain about being dropped. He is a tough character but it doesn’t sit right with me.”
Ponting added that he feared Test cricket was now over for Haddin and “I am a little concerned that the team may miss him more than they expect. I hope I am wrong”.
Haddin who retired from ODI format after Australia winning the World Cup decided to continue in the longer format. Peter Nevill, who looked good in his debut against England at lords seems to grab the spot of Haddin at the moment as Cricket Australia persist with the 28 year old.
Haddin was not at his best, with either bat or gloves, during England’s 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff but Clarke said on Tuesday he would have played at Lord’s had he not withdrawn for family reasons.