Haddin apologises for drunken comments


Australia veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has apologised to all concerned for his comments made in a radio interview on Monday morning, where he said New Zealand's players deserved to be sledged because they were 'too nice'.

Haddin, who was still under the influence following his side's World Cup victory the night before, also effectively announced his retirement during the chat, where he said he refused to play another polite game of cricket against the Kiwis.

He said on Tuesday, on the CA website, of the comments: "We were celebrating a World Cup win and enjoying ourselves after a long tournament.

"In hindsight, we should have stayed off the radio. If I offended anyone, it was never my intention."

The comments were clearly joking in tone, but it did draw some criticism, especially given how gracious and well-mannered the New Zealanders had been during the game, as well as in the aftermath.

Haddin had said of sledging the Kiwis, and giving 'send-offs' to out batsmen: "You know what? They deserved it.

"They were that nice to us in New Zealand (during their match in the pool stages) and we were that uncomfortable. They were that nice to us the whole week.

"I said in the team meeting: 'I can't stand for this anymore. We're going at them as hard as we can.'

"I said, 'I'm not playing cricket like this. If we get another crack at these guys in the final I'm letting everything (out).

"And I'm not going to play another one-day game so they can suspend me for as long as they like."