Selectors Cull Haddin For First Test Against South Africa

Ponting will play in the first Test against South Africa, but Brad Haddin's career is likely over.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The first summer Test is rapidly approaching and the Australian selectors have pulled the pin on Brad Haddin, possibly marking the end of the veteran keeper’s Test career.

Haddin was dropped almost a year ago when poor form saw the 35-year-old depart the side in the series against India. He has once again been left on the outer as selectors opted to go with the much younger Matthew Wade, a man ten years his junior, in his place.

The a number of lacklustre performances with the bat saw his scoring average drop to 35.82 while Wade has average 39.60 in three Test appearances.

"It was a tough decision, there was a lot of talk about that," skipper slash selector Michael Clarke.

"They're two very good wicketkeepers and whichever way we went, the team was going to be fine.

"Our decision was Matthew Wade, I know he'll do a great job. He's been a wonderful player for Australia in his brief career, he scored a 100 in his last test match and he deserves this opportunity."

Clarke said Haddin remains in contention for a future spot, but his omission wasn’t the only one to grab attention.

19-year-old pace bowler Pat Cummins was another guy to miss out. Cummins impressed in his only Test appearance against South Africa in Johannesburg last year with a seven wicket haul.

The team chosen for the first Test in November includes: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus (12th man to be named).

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