Melbourne - Former Australia wicketkeeper
Brad Haddin will move into coaching to pass on his knowledge to the next
generation of local cricketers, coach Darren Lehmann has said.
The 37-year-old Haddin retired last week
after keeping wickets in 66 Tests, scoring 3 266 runs at an average of 32.98
and taking 262 catches.
"We can't afford to lose those blokes
to the game," Lehmann told Adelaide radio station 5AA.
"We need him to pass on the knowledge
to the next generation which will stand them in good stead.
"He'll do some work coaching-wise with
New South Wales, and we're going to get him involved with the (Under) 19s and
(Under) 17s Australian programs, and I might even be able to take him away with
(the Australian men's team) occasionally.
"It's a great stage for him to move
forward with the next stage of his life and career.
"We think he's a really important part
of what we started and we love how he goes about it and what he does."
Haddin follows former captain Michael
Clarke, all-rounder Shane Watson and opening batsman Chris Rogers into
retirement after the 3-2 Ashes defeat in England.
Paceman Ryan Harris also quit before the
Ashes after suffering a serious knee injury.
New captain Steve Smith will lead
Australia's most inexperienced test side in decades into next month's two-match
tour of Bangladesh.