Feel sorry for Haddin, he deserves explanation: Watson

Updated: 15 February 2012 11:17 IST

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said the national selectors owe an explanation to out-of-favour wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on whether he has been dropped or rested from the one-day team.

Feel sorry for Haddin, he deserves explanation: Watson
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Sydney:

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said the national selectors owe an explanation to out-of-favour wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on whether he has been dropped or rested from the one-day team.

The 34-year-old Haddin was left out of Australia's 14-man squad for Friday's match against Sri Lanka and Sunday's match against India in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

Watson, who will come back from a calf injury later this year, said Haddin should be told clearly about his future.

"I actually feel really sorry for Brad at the moment. He's been left in a bit of limbo unfortunately," Watson told reporters.

"He doesn't know which way he's going, whether he's being rested or dropped ... someone who's played an important role over the last five years in all forms of the game for Australia I think definitely deserves to be told either way what his future holds.

"If I was in that same situation, I'd be pretty disappointed."

Watson said despite being off-colour right now, Haddin still had a lot to offer to Australian cricket but the uncertainty will adversely affect him.

"It's important for him just to know which direction he's going," Watson said.

"There's no doubt that I think he's still got a fair bit of cricket left in him. He's a very talented cricketer - he's still very fit and hungry.

"I think this mental burden that's there of not knowing either way has maybe taken its toll a little bit."

Topics : Cricket Brad Haddin India Shane Watson Australia India in Australia, 2011-12
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