Published: 1:53PM Wednesday April 24, 2013 Source: Reuters
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been reinstated as Australia’s vice captain as selectors look to add some experience to their side ahead of the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England.
The 35-year-old had been dumped from the test team last year, with Matthew Wade promoted in his stead, as Australia introduced younger players in a bid to regain the Ashes from Alastair Cook’s side in their five-test series starting at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 10.
The international retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey over the Australian summer drained Michael Clarke’s team of experience, while Shane Watson’s decision to stand down from the vice captaincy created a leadership vacuum.
Haddin was flown to India as an injury replacement for Wade on Australia’s ill-fated tour that ended last month with a 4-0 series loss, and ended up playing in the third test in Mohali.
He even temporarily captained the side when Clarke was receiving treatment for a back injury.
Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin (vice captain), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird
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