Cricket Australia has confirmed it has called up New South Wales wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Nevill to replace state team-mate Brad Haddin, who is to leave the tour of the Caribbean for personal reasons.
The sport’s governing body revealed the 34-year-old Haddin is returning to Australia less than a week after Australia arrived for a demanding six-week stay in West Indies.
Haddin was expected to miss the five-match one-day international series, which starts on Friday in St Vincent, with Matthew Wade ready to fill the gap (bet on Australian cricket: West Indies 12/5 Australia 1/3 – bet365 match prices).
Cricket Australia refused to rule out the possibility of Haddin returning for the three-Test series, starting in Barbados on April 7.
“Brad Haddin is in transit returning to Australia for personal reasons and has the full support of Cricket Australia, the National Selection Panel and his team mates in so doing. We hope that Brad will be able to re-join the squad in the West Indies in the not too distant future,” the national selector John Inverarity said.
Inverarity added Cricket Australia decided Nevill deserved his promotion to the squad off the back of an impressive season for New South Wales.
He added: “The NSP has selected Peter Nevill as Brad’s replacement and Peter will head to the West Indies as soon as possible. Peter has just completed an outstanding season with New South Wales, both with the gloves and the bat. He was the overwhelming choice of his fellow Sheffield Shield cricketers as wicket-keeper in the Australian Cricketers’ Association All Star Team of the Year announced at the State Cricket Awards this week.”
Haddin, a 43-Test veteran, will head back from West Indies to be with his pregnant wife, Karina, their son Zac and daughter Mia.