Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gritty Haddin Deserves His Run of Good Luck after What He's Been Through

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gritty Haddin Deserves His Run of Good Luck after What He's Been Through

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Byline: Matt Majendie

THEY say that fortune favours the brave. In the case of Brad Haddin, that should probably be the bold and the brash.

He may have failed to see out the end of the day for Australia at the WACA but, to date, he has flayed England's bowlers to all corners of the Gabba, the Adelaide Oval and now the WACA. But in each case you can't help thinking how different those innings might have been.

His 118 in the Second Test would never have been had Michael Carberry not taken the most routine of catches when Haddin had not even made it into double figures.

And then there was the moment in that same innings when Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman was already trundling off back to the pavilion when reprieved by a Ben Stokes no-ball. In today's knock of 55, he came agonisingly close to being dismissed long before James Anderson caught him off the bowling of Stokes.

There was the top-edged pull shot that fell short of Stuart Broad thanks to the hefty Perth breeze, the gloved shot that failed to carry to England's slip cordon and the misjudged slash to the boundary, which Carberry should again have taken only to seemingly come unstuck under the bright Australian sunshine.

Haddin is the first to admit his luck.

After that century at the Adelaide Oval, he conceded: "You need to have a bit of luck in this game. You can have all the technique you want but everyone needs luck. I had my fair share."

The additional Haddin reprieves in Perth combined with his previous let-offs have made a monumental difference in this series. He has now made four consecutive half-centuries -- only the fourth wicketkeeper in Test history to achieve that feat -- but it is not just the amount of runs or the fact that he averages 80 in this Ashes series, but the timing of those respective knocks.

He came to the crease with Australia 100 for five in the First Test and subsequently put on a 114-run stand with Mitchell Johnson which effectively turned the tide of the summer and seemed to give this Australian side the confidence they so desperately craved. …

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