Haddin nears Australian record

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The veteran Brad Haddin will secure the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper in a series, if he clinches four catches or stumpings during the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

The veteran Brad Haddin will secure the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper in a series, if he clinches four catches or stumpings during the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

Haddin has taken 25 catches in the series so far, with three more required to surpass the 27 achieved by the stalwart Ian Healy in 1997 and four more to better the 28 accrued by the experienced Rod Marsh in 1983.

"I wasn't aware of that record at all. I'd take that back for a win. You don't play for them. When they come along it's a nice achievement but I'd take a few wins over that," said Haddin.

"When you tick those milestones off on the way it's obviously flattering, but it's also pretty hollow if you don't win any cricket games. From that point of view I'd love to win this one moving forward to Australia."

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The 35-year-old Haddin has been preferred to the left-handed Matthew Wade recently, justifying his selection with a string of consistency behind the stumps. The right-hander's role in the batting order, too, has brought 176 runs in seven innings against the English.

"You've still got to perform, you've still got to challenge yourself to get better. My batting feels in a good place. I feel comfortable with where my 'keeping is at, it's felt especially good the last couple of games," he added.

"It wasn't where I wanted it to be after Lord's. I think I've still got a lot of cricket left in me now and to the 2015 World Cup. So I'm keen to play there. We will see how it goes in the end."

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