Ashes: Brad Haddin recalled as vice-captain for Australia tour of England

Last Updated: 24/04/13 1:50pm

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Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been named as Australia vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series tour to England.

The 35-year-old replaces Shane Watson, who stepped down as Michael Clarke's deputy after the troubled tour on India but remains part of the 16-man squad.

Left-arm seamer James Faulkner is the only uncapped player to be named, with Mitchell Johnson missing out.

Middlesex captain Chris Rogers, the 35-year-old opener who has just one Test cap to his name, also makes the squad and seamer Ryan Harris returns.

Speaking about Haddin's recall, Australia selector John Inverarity said: "We feel it's important to have a senior, seasoned player support Michael at this time.

"When Shane Watson advised of his decision to stand down, the NSP (national selection panel) viewed Brad as the exceptional candidate to step into this leadership void."

Matthew Wade, who has been Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper of late, will also travel to England.

"Matthew Wade is a very good cricketer and remains central to our plans for the future," Inverarity added.

On Faulkner's selection, Inverarity said. "James Faulkner has also been given an opportunity after impressing in recent months as an all-rounder. His performance in last month's Bupa Sheffield Shield final was compelling and he has now produced three consistently good seasons with the ball at Shield level for Tasmania.

"He is a player who is seldom out of the game for long. He takes wickets, forms partnerships and makes valuable runs.

"There's a hint of desperation about the selection. Bringing back Haddin as vice-captain is a clear message to try and instil some experience and discipline back into the squad after the shambles which was Australia's tour of India."
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"Ryan Harris has regained fitness and it is great to have such a very highly regarded and well-performed pace bowler back in the mix."

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (C), Brad Haddin (VC), Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Fawad Ahmed, the Pakistan-born leg-spinner who has not yet received his Australian passport, has not been included and also misses out on the 14-man Australia A squad to tour the British Isles ahead of the Ashes, which contains a number of players from the senior squad including Haddin, who will captain the side, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Harris, Jackson Bird and Lyon.

Steven Smith, who misses out on a place in the Ashes squad despite some creditable performances in India, is vice-captain of the A side.

Smith is one of five men to drop out from the India squad - along with Johnson, Moises Henriques, Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell - which slipped to a 4-0 series defeat amid high-profile problems with discipline.

Inverarity added: "The tour to India was very demanding and a learning experience for all.

"The result was unacceptable and the players, coaches, support staff and NSP are smarting from those performances and are galvanised to ensure that we play tough, competitive cricket throughout the Ashes."

The first Ashes Test begins at Trent Bridge on July 10, with two tour matches before that, while Australia A will take on Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire, with the first match getting under way in Edinburgh on June 7.

Australia A squad to tour the British Isles: Brad Haddin (C), Steve Smith (VC), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Ryan Harris, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, James Pattinson, Chadd Sayers, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk.

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