25 Apr 2013

Haddin brought back as vice captain for Ashes

8:41 am on 25 April 2013

Cricket Australia have named their Ashes squad with recalls for two 35-year-olds, the veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, and one-test top-order batsman Chris Rogers.

Haddin was dropped from the team last year and has played only one test in the past 14 months.

Haddin, who was dumped last year, has been named Australia's vice-captain in place of Shane Watson, who relinquished the post earlier this week but still made the Ashes squad as a batting all-rounder, and the wicketkeeper's recall in a 16-man squad along with Rogers is a move to bolster the experience in the team.

Matthew Wade has been relegated to second-string gloveman for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England, while the uncapped James Faulkner was named the bowling all-rounder.

The 35-year-old Victorian opener Rogers is a surprise inclusion, selected five years after he played his one and only test against India.

The left arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has been left out after being part of the squad which lost 4-0 in India last month.

Australia's planning and confidence to regain the Ashes from Alastair Cook's side when the first game begins at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 10th suffered a massive dent last month when they were hammered 4-0 in the test series in India.