Marsh: ‘An amazingly hard call’ to drop Haddin


Australia's chairman of selectors Rod Marsh has admitted that it was a tough decision to leave wicketkeeper Brad Haddin out of the team for the third Ashes Test that started at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

The 37 year-old Haddin missed the second Test at Lord's to be with his ill daughter with Peter Nevill taking his place at the Home of Cricket.

Nevill did well behind the stumps, taking seven catches, and scored a polished 45 as Australia went on to beat England by a massive 405 runs to level the series at one-all.

Haddin was still expected to return to the side after he made himself available for the third Test, but the Aussie selectors have decided to stick with the same team.

Marsh said: "We've made the call to stick with the same XI that played at Lord's and we were hoping we were able to do this.

"Obviously we had to wait on Chris Rogers but we decided that Nevill had such a good game at Lord's, the team played that well, won by 405 runs, it was very hard to change a winning side.

"Haddin is a fantastic player with a fantastic attitude but he's averaging 15 in his last 12 Test matches, we needed runs down there, he didn't keep well and he'll admit that at Cardiff and the new boy did very, very well at Lord's, so in my way of thinking, we didn't have an option.

"It was an amazingly hard call, but we have to try and do the best thing for the country and the selection panel believe that was the best thing for the team, for the country."