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Is Brad Haddin the real deal?

By johnboy 7 January 2009 16

He may be listed as a Cowra born NSW player, but Canberra’s always been keen to claim Brad Haddin as one of our own. The connection is strengthened by his status as the Raider’s No. 1 ticket holder.

So how do the cricket tragics rate our man’s performance as keeper taking over from the sainted Gilchrist?

A batting average of 39 suggests good batting from a keeper, but he’s there for the glovework.

How do you rate it?

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Is Brad Haddin the real deal?
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Thumper 10:33 am 08 Jan 09

Bit like Dawso at Ginninderra before he went to tassie. He was only a little bloke but used to moose balls many a mile in the nets, including my right arm pies 😉

TimmieS 10:19 am 08 Jan 09

He spent quite a few years at ANU CC as well. I remember him smacking the crap out of everyone’s bowling at training. He hit a few blokes from the nets at South oval up to the other end of the field, prob around 120 metres!!!

He was there for about 4-5 years and then I think he moved up to Sydney to be in the NSW Shield Squad.


Thumper 8:16 pm 07 Jan 09

Agreed. And so he should be given the chance even though, as a keeper, he’s not a shade on Healy, or Boucher (better batsman than both however)

Nambucco Deliria 8:12 pm 07 Jan 09

Haddin is far and away the best wicket keeper-batsman in the country and he will, barring injury, have at least half a dozen years unchallenged behind the stumps for his country. But he isn’t a particularly talented gloveman – on a par maybe with Gilchrist but not as good as Healy, or indeed the man he’s been up against in this series, Mark Boucher.

F430 7:37 pm 07 Jan 09

na haddin was pretty cool, we were a year below them so we all got along well

astrojax 6:57 pm 07 Jan 09

i rekkun he’s the biscuit. while gilly was, as others pointed out, unimpeachably stellar and we can’t hope for an equal, haddin is as good as healy ever was and likely to become a better batsman if he keeps improving the way he has been. he looks a bit like healy, btw…

what was he like in school, f? a teacher’s pet?

Deckard 6:05 pm 07 Jan 09

I thought Mark Webber was the No. 1 ticket holder – another Q boy.

F430 6:04 pm 07 Jan 09

haddin went to karabar high school class of ’95, was known as “mullo” back then in school. we always used to give him shot sayin “why you always playing cricket for during recess & lunch” and now look at him!!!!! jokes on us i guess

Thumper 3:19 pm 07 Jan 09

And Gilchrist was booed at the WACA because he replaced local favourite Tim Zoehrer.

Pot Holes 3:16 pm 07 Jan 09

He is a Queanbeyan boy. Remember during the first few tests of Rodney Marsh he was known as iron gloves.

Thumper 3:16 pm 07 Jan 09

He played for Queanbeyan in the ACT cricket competition. As well as played for the Comets in their, albeit, short few years in the Mercantile (national one day competition) cup.

I think that qualifies him.

bloodnut 3:15 pm 07 Jan 09

Isn’t Brad more strongly associated with Q-Town during his youth? Or is this another case of Canberra stealing what small talent emanates from our neighbouring utopia.

Holden Caulfield 2:59 pm 07 Jan 09

After a few tests people didn’t rate Gilchrist’s glovework either. That said, Haddin has made some unfortunate blunders.

His batting has improved a lot in short time, which is pleasing.

As Thumper said, though, Gilchrist was exceptional and we can’t expect anyone to fill his shoes. Likewise Warne and McGrath.

We’ve had it good for a very long time. We might just have to suck it up for a few years now and hope Ponting can set a stack of new records. Might have to bump off Tendulkar first though.

Thumper 2:53 pm 07 Jan 09

Whoops, should have added that yes, he is the number one keeper in the country.

Thumper 2:53 pm 07 Jan 09

Nowhere near Gilchrist as a gloveman or a batsman. However, Gilchrist was exceptional.

Haddin could probably hold a position as a number 6 batsman in the Australian side although I would suggest that there are better or at least equal, keepers around.

Saw him play for the ACT back in about 97 and he looked pretty good then.

H1NG0 2:46 pm 07 Jan 09

His Glovework isn’t as good as Gilchrist, and you could argue his batting isn’t either. We have to remember that Gilly was an outstanding keeper, vice captain and batter. That is hard to replace. Haddin is the best man for the job though and except for the occasional fumble, he has been solid. His batting, especially in the first test, was fantastic. I reckon he even looks like younger version of Ian Healey.

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