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Ashes 2015: Brad Haddin flies back home early for family reasons

Veteran Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has left the Ashes tour of England to fly back home for family reasons, a team spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Updated: Aug 12, 2015, 04:49 AM IST
Ashes 2015: Brad Haddin flies back home early for family reasons

New Delhi: Veteran Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has left the Ashes tour of England to fly back home for family reasons, a team spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The cricket.com.au website said Haddin, 37, had left London on Tuesday as he wasn't expected to be recalled for the final Ashes Test.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed Haddin's exit, asking the media to respect Haddin and his family's privacy.

While the rest of the squad arrived in Northampton on Tuesday for a first-class fixture that starts in the Midlands town on Friday, the 37-year-old batsman left London on Tuesday night.

Haddin missed the second Test to spend time with his daughter in a London hospital and was axed for the third and fourth Tests where he was replaced by Peter Nevill.

While coach Darren Lehmann called dropping Haddin as the toughest cricket decision he’d had to make, veteran Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne slammed the selectors' for the move.

With one Test remaining, England have an unassailable 3-1 lead after winning the fourth Test comprehensively by and innings and 78 runs.