Brad Haddin replaces Blewett as Australia fielding coach

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 10, 2017

Cricket Australia has confirmed former wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin as the new fielding coach of the team.

Haddin, who played 66 Tests despite Adam Gilchrist blocking his path into the side until he was 30, has cut his coaching teeth with the Australia A side and Islamabad in the Pakistan Premier League since retiring in 2015.

The 39-year-old will replace his former team-mate Greg Blewett, who will now take in charge of the South Australia Under 19 team after playing most of his Sheffield Shield games there. He has been contracted until the end of 2019.

"I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with this young group of players", Haddin said in a statement.

"I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world class fielding", he said in a news release.

Haddin retired from global cricket post the Ashes 2015 and has been involved in assisting the New South Wales Under-17 and Under-19 squads since then.

Former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

"I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that".

Australia's immediate assignment will be a two-match test tour to Bangladesh that kicks-off later this month. "Given my background is in wicketkeeping it will be great to be able to work with the 'keepers in the side and give them a sounding board". At the end of the camp, Blewett is expected to return home and Haddin will accompany the Australia players to the subcontinent.

"I'm very passionate about cricket in this state", Blewett told News Corp.

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