This summer could be Brad Haddin’s last in the baggy green cap after the wicketkeeper floated next year’s Ashes series in England as a possible end point to his international career.
With a World Cup and another Ashes series on the horizon, Haddin has no plans to bow out this season but a successful defence of the urn next year would be an apt time to draw the curtain close.
A fairytale finish would be the 2016 Sydney Test but Haddin will then be 38 and a home series against New Zealand and the West Indies next season will present national selectors with the perfect opportunity to blood the next gloveman. This summer’s Sydney Test is shaping as his last on home soil, provided he is not injured.
Haddin’s stance on his future since losing his Test place in 2012 has been that he would continue playing so long as he feels he can improve and has something to offer. But he hinted on Sunday the end would be nigh after the Ashes.
“I’ve enjoyed being part of the Australian group. We’ve got a big schedule with the World Cup and Ashes and they’re as big a carrot as you can have put in front of you from a cricketer’s point of view,” Haddin said. “I’d like to be part of that, after that it’d be fair enough to say it’s pretty close to the end there.”
Haddin admitted to being emotionally drained earlier this year after winning back his position in all three forms of the game but said he was now revitalised.
“I dont think I was ever going to retire, I still think I’ve got a lot of cricket in me,” Haddin said, playing down reports suggesting he was thinking of retiring earlier this year.
“After the emotional and mental drain of coming back and playing the way we did in the Ashes, from where I’d come from to get to that point I just hit a wall,” Haddin said on the Big Sports Breakfast weekend radio show.
“It wasn’t physically, it was more emotionally – I just needed to do nothing for a while. It took more out of me than I thought to get back. Now I feel as good as ever, it was just the emotional drain of coming back and getting to where I got.”
Haddin took a major step forward in his recovery on Saturday when he practised rolling on his right shoulder, which he injured just over three weeks ago in the UAE.
“The reason behind that was to see if it would stay in the joint and it did, it’s all moving in the right direction, which is good,” Haddin said.
Haddin acknowledged there would be a chance of his shoulder popping out again but said he could not afford to worry about it once he was passed fit by doctors.
Haddin returns to the field on Tuesday when he leads a star-studded NSW team in a Shield game against South Australia.
NSW squad: Brad Haddin (c), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson (12th man TBA).