Brad Haddin: a cricketer greater than the sum of his stats

When Brad Haddin came into the Australian side in 2008, he was replacing a wicket-keeper with 379 catches and 37 stumpings – the Test record for wicket-keeping dismissals. That man, Adam Gilchrist, has a reputation as one of the most destructive batsmen in Test cricket history with a batting average of nearly fifty at almost a run a ball. His adherence to “walking”, that is, acknowledging he was out by walking off the pitch before the umpire made the decision, was widely seen as just one sportsmanlike characteristic of one of the nicest and fairest players to play the game. Hence, it was inevitable that Haddin was never going to match up to his predecessor. So, what can we make of Haddin’s career?

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