Haddin seeks Australia's support

2014-12-06 08:43
Brad Haddin (Gallo)

Adelaide - Vice-captain Brad Haddin said on Saturday the Australia team needs the support of fans as it gears up to play an emotional first Test against India in Adelaide next week.

The Australian players are back in training for Tuesday's series opener just days after gathering at Macksville in New South Wales for the funeral of their team-mate Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died on November 27 from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer in Sydney, plunging the cricketing world into mourning.

"We need the support of the Australian public and everyone leading into this first Test," Haddin told reporters at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

"We're looking forward to playing and we need the help of everyone to enjoy the moment and just enjoy the game of cricket. Our job is to go and play cricket."

Haddin said it would be important not to over complicate things in the wake of the Hughes tragedy and the outpouring of grief over his death.

"I don't think you need to look too deep into what's going to happen. You're going to get a cricket game here on Tuesday, you'll enjoy it and so will we," Haddin said.

"We get back to playing the game we love. I don't think you need to complicate it any more than that."

Haddin was behind the stumps for New South Wales when South Australian batsman Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper replied in typical no-nonsense fashion when asked whether he would be mentally right to play the opening Test of the four-match series.

"Yep," was all he said.

Hughes' death and the grief that enveloped the entire Test squad was not mentioned by Haddin on Saturday.

"Cricket is just a game," he said, when asked if the sport will ever be the same again.

"We can try to complicate it as much as we want, but we got back to cricket training. We needed to feel that cricket hurt in our legs again so we got that."

Read more on:    brad haddin  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.