He’s not done with Test cricket just yet but Brad Haddin says he couldn’t be happier that Peter Nevill looms as his wicketkeeping successor.
The NSW pair are Australia’s glovemen for the two-Test tour of the Caribbean and the upcoming Ashes series.
With Haddin nearing the end of his career at 37, Nevill’s selection has all but confirmed he’s the man to take over behind the stumps when Haddin eventually does call time.
Haddin says Nevill’s path hasn’t been an easy one and he deserves every reward he gets.
“His work ethic and attention to detail is outstanding,” he said.
“He’s just like anyone in the tradition of Australian wicketkeepers. He works hard, he wants to get better.
“What I’ve been most impressed with around this group is he’s willing to do all those little shitty jobs that don’t get noticed by everyone on the outside.”
Nevill scored 764 Sheffield Shield runs for the Blues, including a career-best 235 not out against Tasmania in addition to 29 catches and a competition-high five stumpings.
That allowed the 29-year-old to leapfrog Matthew Wade, after the Victorian had made his Test debut on Australia’s last tour of the Caribbean in 2012 while Nevill mixed the drinks.
Haddin says Nevill’s work ethic and enthusiasm is helping him stay focused too.
“He’s very good for me, also,” Haddin said.
“He’s seen a lot of my keeping so he can pick up little things if my technique’s changing – he’s got a pretty good eye for that.
“We work well together. he deserves the opportunity just through sheer weight of numbers and the performances he’s put on the board for NSW.
“He’s got here the old-fashioned way, just on results.”