Sydney: England`s batsmen are going to hear plenty of chirping from Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin over the Ashes series if his performance at the squad announcement on Monday is anything to go by.
The 33-year-old missed most of the year with tennis elbow but has reclaimed his place in the Test side from understudy Tim Paine for his second crack at winning the Ashes, starting in Brisbane on Nov. 25.
Sledging, the often humourous derision of a batsman at the crease, is now very much part of Test cricket with wicketkeepers often the main protagonists and Haddin suggested he would not be breaking with tradition.
"We`re out there for the Ashes, mate, we`re not there to make friends, so just looking to get up the Poms," he told reporters.
"We want just make sure we make it as uncomfortable as possible for the English out there and turn the heat up a bit on their captain (Andrew Strauss)."
Haddin had to wait a long time for Adam Gilchrist to retire before he could finally pull on the gloves for his country, but that has clearly not made him a more patient man.
"I`ve had enough of sitting and watching, it`s been a long rehab process but in the last month it`s come together," he said.
"I just can`t wait to get to the first Test and get over all the hype and get into the Poms."
"I was never really that worried about getting out there and playing, it was just whether the elbow could handle the load."
Haddin`s team mates are unlikely to be spared a ribbing either, as ebullient fast bowler Doug Bollinger discovered when talking about his own recovery from injury on Monday.
Bollinger said he "hated" being injured and spoke of how his his wife was so fed up with him being around she was on the verge of kicking him out of the house.
"We get sick of him in the changing room," said Haddin. "So I can understand how his wife feels."