Originally Posted by Top_Cat
Personally, at 29, Haddin shouldn't be considered anything more than a back-up for Gilchrist. Once they decide to get rid of Gilchrist, the selectors should be looking for the next generation, I reckon.
If he was 32 or something I'd agree, but 29 isn't old. Gilchrist was around 29 when he made his test debut, and he's closing in on 100 tests, and Clark and Hussey have just debuted at 30+ recently and had tremendous success. Haddin should definitely be in the test side when Gilchrist retires, unless he plays on for much longer than expected. Haddin's the best keeper-batsman in the country by a pretty massive distance really. I'd much rather have a 30 year old who is a capable keeper and can average 40 odd with the bat than some unproven youngster like Hartley or Ronchi.