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David Lloyd
Cricket Expert & Columnist

Ashes 2013/14: no-nonsense Brad Haddin will sell his wicket dearly, says Bumble

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Brad Haddin: stood firm for Australia with 78 not out

Brad Haddin will scrap for every single run when Australia resume their first innings on day two of the first Ashes Test against England, says David Lloyd.

"Let's not forget that if you look at Australia's team, their strong suit is the bowling attack and in particular their pace attack."

David Lloyd

Haddin, 36, scored an unbeaten 78 off 132 balls to help the home side reach 273-8 at stumps on the opening day of the series, at the Gabba.

The wicketkeeper-batsman shared a seventh-wicket stand of 114 with Mitchell Johnson (64) after Australia slipped to 132-6 in the afternoon session - Stuart Broad (5-65) doing the bulk of the damage - and Lloyd says Haddin has plenty more fight left in him.

"He's a wonderful player, a no-nonsense player, and Mitchell Johnson stayed with him but then the new ball came and England came again," Lloyd told the Sky Sports Ashes Podcast.

"He comes in at number seven and you can tell he's a proud cricketer; he's 36, he's experienced and he loves a scrap.

He's come back into the team after a serious illness within the family - his daughter, actually - so that is a good story and he's going to sell his wicket dearly.

Day Two Weather Report

"He needs Ryan Harris to stop around for him for a little while if he can. England will be hunting for these last two wickets and then England need to get their batting head on and bat for a long, long time because there are big runs to be had.

"Let's not forget that if you look at Australia's team, their strong suit is the bowling attack and in particular their pace attack. England have got a good strength in their line-up, they've got some wonderful players that were pretty quiet throughout this summer - Cook, Trott, Prior. Australia will have other ideas but England's game-plan will be to bat once."

Chasing

Former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham echoed those sentiments, saying that the tourists have every chance of setting up an innings victory if their batsmen play to their full potential.

Broad no fraud

"England won't be thinking hundreds, they'll be thinking about big, big hundreds," said Botham. "You just feel that if you get in on this kind of surface that it is going to be really hard work for the Australian bowlers.

"No-one quite knows how Johnson is going to react or how he's going to bowl. Harris is the leader of the attack; you know what you'll get from Peter Siddle and I think Nathan Lyon will have a lot of work.

"Australia will be the ones who are chasing the game now; if England bat anything like they should do they might not even have to bat twice."

To listen to today's Sky Cricket Ashes podcast in full, simply click here

Watch highlights of today's play on Sky Sports 2 - and On Demand from 6.30pm - before The Ashes Verdict (9pm) and Ashes Extra (11pm) hit your screens ahead of coverage of day two, from 11.30pm - also on Sky Sports 2.