Haddin Ashes exclusion ‘harsh call’: Healy

Ian Healy has called for Brad Haddin to be handed back his spot in Australia’s Ashes XI, amid reports the veteran Test wicketkeeper won’t be picked for the third Test in favour of Peter Nevill.

Signs have pointed to Nevill’s retention for the Test in Edgbaston from Wednesday following his impressive debut at Lord’s, when he scored a polished 45 and snared seven catches.

That performance has prompted calls for a permanent change, a move apparently in the works last week when Nevill took the gloves ahead of Haddin against Derbyshire.

The 29-year-old also batted at No.6 above Shane Watson and Haddin in the warm-up match, though he managed only a solitary run.

On Tuesday News Corp Australia reported Nevill’s re-selection was a done deal, with national selectors having already made the difficult decision to leave Haddin out as Australia attempt to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

It could mean the end of the 37-year-old’s illustrious 66-Test international career.

But former Australian Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy is adamant Haddin should not lose his spot just yet.

“I think that’s a harsh call on Brad Haddin,” he told Fox Sports.

“I’d like him to have a chance to redeem his Cardiff performance and then maybe at the end of the series – or when he doesn’t redeem himself – then we can move to Nevill.

“But the good thing is we know our next position as a wicketkeeper is all set.”

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