New role for Haddin

10 August 2017 20:07:39 GMTPlus11
Brad Haddin.

Brad Haddin has been appointed Australia's high performance coach on a two-year contract.

Ex-wicketkeeper Haddin, who won 66 Test caps, replaces Greg Blewett, who has taken up new positions with South Australia and Adelaide Strikers.

Haddin's brief is to develop the country's best young talent, having cut his teeth in coaching with Australia A and as assistant on the full team's tour to New Zealand.

"I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with this young group of players," he said.

"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. 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.

"It will be hard work but I am looking forward to the challenge.

"Given my background is in wicket-keeping it will be great to be able to work with the keepers in the side and give them a sounding board."

Australia areĀ 1.40 to win the Ashes 17-18 series and England can be backed at 4.33.

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