29 Jul 2015

Haddin's career could be over

8:03 am on 29 July 2015

Brad Haddin's international cricket career may be over, with confirmation Peter Nevill will stay behind the stumps for Australia in the third Ashes Test.

Haddin missed the second Test due to family reasons and is now available, but captain Michael Clarke says selectors have opted to stick with Nevill after his impressive debut, in which he scored a solid 45 and displayed tidy glovework.

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin drops Joe Root in first Ashes test in Cardiff in 2015.

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin drops Joe Root in first Ashes test in Cardiff in 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It means Haddin, who turns 38 in October, is unlikely to feature in the five-Test series unless Nevill suffers an injury.

There is no word on Haddin's potential retirement plans, but the wicketkeeper waited two months after the World Cup to announce his one-day career was over.

He is expected to transition into coaching some time soon and it could potentially be as early as this summer.

Haddin has been Nevill's mentor since the 29-year-old shifted from Melbourne to Sydney in 2008.

Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill

Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It is a relationship that has stayed intact according to Clarke, despite the awkward passing of the baton the skipper confirmed on the eve of the Edgbaston clash.

Ian Healy, who kept for Australia in 99 Tests, said shunning Haddin was a "harsh call" and the veteran should have been given a chance to redeem his Cardiff performance, during which he dropped Joe Root when he was on zero before the batsman went on to score his seventh Test century, setting up England's victory.

Meanwhile opening batsman Chris Rogers says he feared his career as a top level cricketer was over.

The batsman suffered dizzy spells after being hit in the head during the second test at Lord's last week.

The third Ashes tests begins in Birmingham tonight with the series level at one all and Rogers expected to play.

Rogers has completed a series of trials at training in the lead up to the Edgbaston test without any ill effects.

England has an injury concern with seamer Mark Wood in doubt.

Wood, who has an ankle problem, returned match figures of 1 for 131 in the defeat by Australia at Lord's.

Wood's injury troubles could pave the way for Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn to play his first Test since the opening match of the 2013 Ashes in England.

Edgbaston was the venue for the famous second Test of the 2005 Ashes, which England won by two runs, and Cook said the Birmingham ground could give England a significant advantage.

England have won six and lost just one of their last 10 Test matches on the Warwickshire ground.

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