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    Brad Haddin

    What are your thoughts?? I think he isn't really a test quality keeper, and at his age, he isn't going to become one any time soon. Granted, he adds a lot with the bat, but he seems to let through an amazing amount of opportunities AND byes.

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    Yes. At the moment he is. He's probably not the best gloveman in the country, but he's earned his spot and hasn't really done anything terrible to warrant being replaced.
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    Accidentally hit no, but honestly dont think his keeping is bad enough to warrant dropping and anytime you have a keeper averaging 40 odd and capable of scoring centuries, he is one to keep.
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    He can be a bit sloppy down the leg side sometimes but his catching is often superb and he doesn't put down many chances while his batting adds tremendous depth to the middle/lower order

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    He's good enough and has shown enough to warrant his place in the Australian team. He's hardly a failure with the gloves, can be sloppy at times but so can Dhoni, Prior and Akmal.

    I get the feeling that it's all or nothing with him with regards to his batting. If he comes in with Aust in a good position, he can further kill the opposition and if he comes in in trouble, its a roll of the dice. He'll either fail or hit Australia back in the game.

    I guess that's all you can ask from your keeper/batsman at 7.

    Either way, he's good to watch with the bat when he's going, and he looks like a massive dickhead of a bloke (from a far of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    He's probably not the best gloveman in the country.
    Don't think there are any probablies about it; he certainly isn't. I actually think it's highly likely that none of us would have even heard of the best gloveman in the country; he's probably a lousy bat and plays third grade or something like that. As a package though I definitely think Haddin's the best option - as TEC said, it's a tough call to drop a bloke who can keep wicket to a decent standard and average 40 with the bat. He's not awesome with the gloves but I certainly think he's better than Prior and Akmal for example - he's decent enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    He's good enough and has shown enough to warrant his place in the Australian team. He's hardly a failure with the gloves, can be sloppy at times but so can Dhoni, Prior and Akmal.

    I get the feeling that it's all or nothing with him with regards to his batting. If he comes in with Aust in a good position, he can further kill the opposition and if he comes in in trouble, its a roll of the dice. He'll either fail or hit Australia back in the game.

    I guess that's all you can ask from your keeper/batsman at 7.

    Either way, he's good to watch with the bat when he's going, and he looks like a massive dickhead of a bloke (from a far of course).
    This. Actually think he's keeping better this summer than he has before at Test level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    This. Actually think he's keeping better this summer than he has before at Test level.
    Yeh, you're probably right there.

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    Well he's not throwing his glove at the ball and costing his team 5 runs, so he's doing something right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    but I certainly think he's better than Prior and Akmal for example - he's decent enough.
    Tbf, Prior has been excellent for most of this year.

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    Tbf, so has Haddin

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    This thread is right up there with the Ponting > Bradman one.

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    I don't really think Haddin's keeping is any worse than Gilchrist's was to be honest, remember Gilly used to have his shockers with the gloves now and then (eg England in 2001), and it wasn't unheard of for him to drop some pretty regulation chances, however he was always capable of balancing the ledger by taking the odd screamer. Haddin seems much the same to me.

    And Haddin's batting is comfortably better than any of the other contenders at this point.
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    I think the closest contender to Gilly is Mccullum.

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