Fans of the English team are on cloud nine after watching the performance of the “new” England side. The prefix added to the England side surely has got everyone going. Brad Haddin, the Australian wicketkeeper though, feels otherwise and says that the hype is nothing more than sheer exaggeration. Haddin, who prepares for the Ashes was completely startled by the way people were referring about “new” England.
“I don’t really understand the hype around that one-day series,” Haddin said ahead of Austrlaia’s final warm-up match before the first Test in Cardiff. “We’d just come off a World Cup. I don’t understand what the excitement is about, and what this newfound form England found in that format.”
“I’m a bit puzzled by it. We’d come off the World Cup and everyone had played – it was just like they were a couple of months too late. We played them in the first game of the World Cup when it counted and the pressure was on. I don’t really understand the talk. Did they not enjoy cricket before then? I don’t know. I don’t really get where they are coming from. That might be my naivety,” said Haddin.
“I don’t understand where they’re coming from with this,” he said. “I don’t understand this ‘pleasant’ thing. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what I’m meant to say to it. If you could explain to me what it is.” “We fixed that (defeated New Zealand) in the World Cup final, didn’t we? Ashes campaigns are always played in the right spirit. Everyone’s obviously highly competitive and there has never really been any dramas with sledging. I don’t really see the need to talk about it,” said an amused Haddin.
Apart from Haddin, Shane Watson too felt pretty amused by the way in which people were overestimating England. “I’m not sure if that’s exactly in Alastair Cook’s DNA, to be really able to put a game on the line,” Watson said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how now that Alastair Cook comes in and takes over the Test team, how they continue to evolve as a team, because it’s very obvious in the one-day series they’ve played how they’ve really started to take on the game.
“But you’ve also got to have the calibre of players and the quality of players to be able to do that so it’ll be interesting to see how their game’s evolved. I’m just very confident in the team and squad we have. I know if we play our absolute best I know we’re going to be incredibly hard to beat. Wherever England are at, if we’re at our best they’re going to be doing well to beat us,” said Watson.
“England have obviously turned things around a bit and we’ve seen the flair they’ve started to play with in one-day cricket, which is unfortunately for them a little bit too late because the World Cup has just been,” he said. “They’ve got another three and a half years to go until the next one but it’s good to see that they’ve moved with the times with how cricket is being played these days and they’re going to have to do the same in Test cricket as well,” said Watson.
“They’ve got the quality of players no doubt to be able to do it, like what we’ve seen in the recent one-day series, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they try and take us on.”