Melbourne: Australia wicket-keeper-batsman Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. Haddin, 37, will continue to play Test cricket but leaves the ODI arena on the highest possible note, with his farewell appearance a World Cup triumph at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. “I have had a privileged one-day career and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in three Cricket World Cups and now is the right time to walk away,” he said. “Not many players get to write a script like mine at the end of their careers and I have been lucky enough to do just that after winning a World Cup on home soil. “I leave the team with Australian ranked number-one in the world and I am proud of everything we have achieved.” The New South Welshman played 126 ODIs after debuting in January 2001 against Zimbabwe, before taking a permanent place behind the stumps following the retirement of Adam Gilchrist in February 2008.
Haddin’s tally of 181 dismissals places him behind only Gilchrist (472) and Ian Healy (233) in ODIs, and 13th worldwide. His 3,122 runs (average 31.73, strike-rate 84.24) places him 18th on Australia’s all-time ODI run-scorers list. He made two centuries in the 50-over format, both against New Zealand in Sydney (109 in February 2009) and Hamilton (110 in March 2010) respectively. “Australian cricket congratulates Brad on a fine one-day international career,” said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. “Throughout the years he well and truly maintained Australia’s proud tradition of outstanding wicketkeeper-batsmen in limited-overs cricket. “He leaves big shoes to fill as a talented player and important senior figure within the team.