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Haddin 'confused' by T20 axe

Australia wicketkeeper thinks decision to replace him is "very odd"

Haddin: T20 axe

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Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin admits he is "confused" by the decision to drop him from the Twenty20 squad for the series against England.

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Haddin, arguably one of his country's best players during the recent Ashes series, was left out of the 12-man squad for the matches in Adelaide and Melbourne in favour of Tim Paine.

Besides taking over behind the stumps, Paine was also handed the vice-captaincy to skipper Cameron White.

However, Haddin told told Sky Sports Radio he received assurances from chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch that he was considered the best man for the job.

"I have to be honest - being dropped from the team when the chairman of selectors says you're the best player for the position was odd, it was very odd," he said.

"I had a long time out of the game with my (injured) elbow. My body feels good and my mind is good, and you want every chance you get to play for Australia.

"It can be taken away very quickly with injury or selection, so you want every chance to play."

When asked if he would confront Hilditch, Haddin replied: "I don't think so. I think we're confused enough as it is, and we have a one-day series and World Cup to get our heads around, but I won't lie - it was very odd being told you're left out when (also told) you're the best player for the position."