Haddin scores ton in cricket return

Veteran wicketkeeper posts first ton for Comets in 17 seasons as BBL preparation begins

Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has returned cricket in fine style, scoring a century for the ACT Comets at Manuka Oval today.

Scorecard: ACT Comets v South Australia

Haddin reached triple-figures late on day two of the four-day Toyota Futures League match against South Australia, and is only the sixth player to score a century on debut for the Comets in the competition. 

Eventually out for 104 off 100 balls, Haddin has scored two centuries for the Comets in his career, with his first coming 17 seasons earlier against Victoria.

The veteran of 66 Tests blasted 15 fours and six to help ACT post 358 from 82 overs, with Adelaide Strikers batsman Jono Dean also making 114, to give the Comets a 67-run first innings lead.

Australia's fourth most prolific Test gloveman – behind Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy and Rod Marsh – Haddin opted not to take the gloves for Canberra, instead letting Andrew Harriot stand behind the stumps while he roamed the field. 

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The 38-year-old, who retired from international and domestic cricket following the Ashes this winter, is using the match as preparation for his stint with the Sydney Sixers in the KFC Big Bash League this summer.

The Sixers launch the BBL|05 season against bitter cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder in the Sydney Smash on December 17.