Haddin denies rift between Clarke and Lehmann

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Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has denied any sort of rift in the camp between coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Michael Clarke, saying it would be odd if the leaders agreed on everything.

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has denied any sort of rift in the camp between coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Michael Clarke, saying it would be odd if the leaders agreed on everything.

While Clarke has returned to Australia with a hamstring injury, he was in Harare for the tri-series against the hosts and South Africa. When the Aussies lost to Zimbabwe, Clarke opined that Steve Smith should have played in the spin-friendly conditions.

Lehmann was unhappy that Clarke had criticised the selectors to the press, and thus rumours of a rift were started, but Haddin says it's natural for people to disagree, and says all is well behind the scenes.

Haddin said when asked about the situation: "If they were getting on all the time I think that would be a real problem.

"In the years I've played cricket, I've never known a coach and a captain to agree 100 per cent of the time.

"That's the beauty about being in a team and learning. You have different ideas about moving forward as a team and learning from different people."

He was then asked if Lehmann was misrepresented as a strict coach, and Haddin said: "No, we've had some beauties.

"He gets it off his chest pretty quick and then we move on. But we knew where we went wrong (against Zim)."

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