Haddin and Rogers ready for a final tour of duty
HE WILL be 38 by the time Australia's Ashes campaign finishes in England in August, but Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has stopped just short of saying the fifth Test at The Oval would be his swansong.
Joining his teammates at Sydney Airport yesterday for the flight to the West Indies for Australia's two-Test tour prior to the Ashes, Haddin, who announced his immediate retirement from one-day international cricket on Sunday, said he had not made a 100% concrete decision on retiring from the long form of the game.
"It will definitely be my last overseas tour, I reckon," he told reporters.
Teammate and opening batsman Chris Rogers had no such reservations, saying the Ashes series would be his finale in the baggy green.
"I'm very happy. I've been pretty fortunate to have this second go at it and have loved every moment of it, but time calls on everyone and I think it's nearly up for me," he told Fox Sports.
"I think to go out in the Ashes and in England where I've played a lot of cricket is pretty fitting."
Also 37, Rogers has scored 1535 runs at 39.35 with four centuries and a highest score of 119 in his 20 Tests.
He has formed a contrasting but effective Test opening partnership with fellow left-hander David Warner, and has accumulated 24,000 runs in a 17-year first-class career.
Rogers has a tremendous record on the slower pitches in England, as does Haddin who was one of the few shining lights in the batting department on Australia's unsuccessful Ashes tour in 2013.
The gloveman was even better on England's return visit to Australia a few months later, helping the home side win that series 5-0.
His batting has not reached that standard since, however, scoring 200 runs at an average of 15.38 in 17 Test innings with a highest score of 55.
Haddin said he wasn't worried if selectors decided he was no longer the best man for the job, adding he would happily pass on as much information as he could to fellow New South Welshman Peter Nevill, who has been chosen as the No.2 keeper on the two Tours.
"If there's someone out there better than me to take my job, that's fair enough," Haddin said.
"I'll help wherever I can with Peter to help him be the best wicketkeeper he can be."
Nevill, 29, topped the New South Wales batting aggregates in last summer's Sheffield Shield, scoring 764 runs at 76.4, and also completing 34 dismissals behind the stumps.
Queensland's Chris Hartley (41), Western Australia's Sam Whiteman (38) and Victoria's Matthew Wade (35) made more dismissals, but none were as productive with the bat.