Melbourne:Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has hit back at New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori for questioning his integrity during the visitors final-ball-win in the first one-dayer against Ricky Ponting's team. Vettori had hinted that Haddin had not acted in good faith in the contentious dismissal of Neil Broom on Sunday.
Haddin's gloves were in front of the wicket when a Michael Clarke delivery was judged to have crashed on to the stumps.
"I am pretty disappointed in Dan that he didn't have the decency to come and speak to me after the game if he had an issue with it rather than air his thoughts in a press conference," Haddin said.
"The polite, decent thing to do would have been to come and ask me. He has played a lot of cricket now. He knows too well what happens with these situations," he said.
Vettori had claimed Haddin knew something was wrong with the dismissal forcing Haddin to fire a salvo at the rival skipper.
"I thought it was a bit low. He could have come and talked to me. I was very shocked after reading the paper that he didn't come and speak to me. I am pretty disappointed that he has questioned my integrity, I think it is quite poor," the wicketkeeper said.
He said he had no idea that his gloves were in front of the stumps.
"I was unaware at the time that my hands were in front of the stumps. Looking at the replay my hands were in front of the stumps but the ball, I am 100 per cent positive, hit the bails first then came up into my gloves."
Australia captain Ponting has decided to confront Vettori on this matter.
"I think he better make sure he is 100 per cent right before he comes out and makes these statements," Ponting was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.
"He is basically calling him a cheat isn't he. I think that is a bit strong," he remarked.
New Zealand coach Andy Moles supported his captain. "Everyone can draw their own conclusions. I don't think the words Dan used were over the top," Moles said.