Ashes Ricky Ponting: Australia should have recalled Brad Haddin

The decision to leave Brad Haddin out of the Australia team for the third Ashes Test "doesn't sit right" with Ricky Ponting.

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Ricky Ponting believes the Australia selectors have made a mistake by leaving Brad Haddin out of the third Ashes Test and fears the veteran wicketkeeper may not play again for his country in the longest format of the game.

Haddin missed the crushing victory over England in the second Test due to personal reasons, with Peter Nevill making his debut at Lord's.

The vastly experienced Haddin returned in a tour match against Derbyshire last week, but fielded as Nevill kept the gloves.

Haddin has been overlooked for the third Test, which starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday, and former Australia captain Ponting believes the 37-year-old has been hard done by.

He said in his column in The Australian: "I am disappointed with the decision to leave Brad Haddin out of the Test team for Edgbaston.

"All reports suggest he would have played at Lord's but he made the only and right decision to be with his daughter Mia who was very ill in hospital and missed that match.

"I know it would have been a hard call for him, he has been a single-minded and determined servant of Australian cricket, but he rightfully put his family first and has paid the price for it.

"I know he won't complain about being dropped. He is a tough character but it doesn't sit right with me.

"Brad lost his spot to Matthew Wade under similar circumstances some years back which proved to be a mistake, but he showed he kept knocking at the door and common sense eventually prevailed when he was brought back into the team.

"Hadds has been the heart and soul of the team since taking over from Adam Gilchrist. He is a good gloveman, can be an important batsman and he keeps the team on its toes in the field.

"I love the way he plays cricket. He is a hard man and renowned for a bit of chirp but if you look closely the last couple of years he generally has a smile on his face. He loves the game.

"He is a broken finger away from recall so this may not be the end for him, but I suspect we won't see him again and I am a little concerned that the team may miss him more than they expect. I hope I am wrong."

Another Australia legend, Shane Warne, was critical of the decision to omit Haddin.

Warne tweeted: "Really disappointed that Brad Haddin has not been selected for the 3rd #ashes test after missing the 2nd test due to personal family reasons."

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