Feel sorry for Haddin, he deserves explanation: Watson

Updated: Feb 15, 2012, 11:33 AM IST

Sydney: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said the national selectors owe an explanation to out of favour wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on whether he has been dropped or rested from the one-day team.

The 34-year-old Haddin was left out of Australia`s 14-man squad for Friday`s match against Sri Lanka and Sunday`s match against India in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

Watson, who will come back from a calf injury later this year, said Haddin should be told clearly about his future.

"I actually feel really sorry for Brad at the moment. He`s been left in a bit of limbo unfortunately," Watson told reporters.

"He doesn`t know which way he`s going, whether he`s being rested or dropped ... someone who`s played an important role over the last five years in all forms of the game for Australia I think definitely deserves to be told either way what his future holds.

"If I was in that same situation, I`d be pretty disappointed."

Watson said despite being off-colour right now, Haddin still had a lot to offer to Australian cricket but the uncertainty will adversely affect him.

"It`s important for him just to know which direction he`s going," Watson said.

"There`s no doubt that I think he`s still got a fair bit of cricket left in him. He`s a very talented cricketer - he`s still very fit and hungry.

"I think this mental burden that`s there of not knowing either way has maybe taken its toll a little bit."

PTI