MELBOURNE: Former wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has joined the Australian cricket team as high-performance coach.
Haddin, who has signed on until the end of 2019, replaces fielding coach Greg Blewett in Darren Lehmann’s coaching staff.
“I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world-class fielding,” Haddin said.
“They were the type of players who took it personally if the team wasn’t fielding well and that created a level for the rest of the group to aspire to.
“I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that.”
Haddin played 66 Tests, 126 one-dayers and 34 T20s in his 14-year international career, most notably winning the World Cup at home in 2015 and starring in Australia’s 5-0 whitewash of England in the 2013-14 Ashes.
“Brad had a wonderful career as a player for Australia and will bring a multi-skill set to our environment,” Lehmann said.
“His primary focus will be on fielding, carrying on the good work that Greg has done, but will also work very closely with our wicketkeepers.”
Having taken over as Australia’s fielding coach in August 2014, Blewett announced his resignation from the position on Thursday. The former Australian Test and one-day batsman is returning to Adelaide to coach South Australia’s under-19 side. He will also be the assistant coach for the South Australia Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers.
Haddin entered Australia’s coaching pathway immediately after retiring from international cricket in 2015 and has had roles with Australia A, Islamabad in the Pakistan Premier League and was an interim assistant coach for Australia earlier this year in New Zealand.