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Clarke wants Haddin back

UPDATED 20 November, 2012 10:56PM AEST | by Robert Somers 28

Brad Haddin remains skipper Michael Clarke's long-term choice as Test wicketkeeper despite missing Australia's tour of the West Indies.

Haddin,34, flew home from the Caribbean last month for family reasons and announced he would not rejoin the tour, with 24-year-old Matthew Wade handed the job behind the stumps.

 

Wade has scored 88 runs across two Tests - not enough to win a permanent Test spot according to Clarke.

 

"In my opinion Brad will come back into the Test when fully fit and available," Clarke said ahead of the third Test at Dominica starting Tuesday (Australian time).

 

"That's certainly nothing against Wadey. He learned a lot during the one-day series through facing spin in completely different conditions to what he was used to back in Australia.

 

"He will continue to get better - that's for sure. Having the likes of Steve Rixon, Rod Marsh and also Brad Haddin around, when we can, will certainly help him," he said.

 

Dominica is an unfamiliar venue for the Australia players; none of them have played at Windsor Park before.

 

Selectors are still deciding whether to retain second spinner Michael Beer or play left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

 

Beer bowled well during the last Test in Trinidad but is expected only to hold his position if the Windsor Park pitch favours spin.

 

And that's unlikely with showers forecast throughout the match.

 

Australia, with a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, have already retained the Frank Worrell Trophy but Clarke wants his first West Indies tour as captain to end in victory.

 

"It's been a really long summer for the Australian team and we would like to finish on a high. It's a really important series for us," Clarke said.

 

"We have never been to this island before and we always look forward to going to new destinations and meeting new people and playing on a ground you have never seen before. It's really exciting for Test cricket."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 23 April, 2012 12:00PM AEDT

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