Ashes 2015: Brad Haddin in line to miss Lord`s Test
Mystery surrounded Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin two days before the start of the second test against England at Lord`s.
London: Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin could miss the second Ashes Test against England at Lord`s for personal reasons, it emerged Tuesday.
The 37-year-old took little part in Australia`s training session at Lord`s on Tuesday.
While there was, as yet, no official statement from Cricket Australia, a story appeared on its website saying Haddin was in line to miss the match.
As a result, the chances of reserve wicket-keeper Peter Nevill making his international debut at Lord`s -- often a difficult venue for glovemen because of the way the ball can move alarmingly after going past the bat -- appeared to be increasing.
Haddin was not at his best during England`s 169-run win in the first Test, dropping Joe Root on nought before the Yorkshireman made 134.
The Australia wicket-keeper had an outstanding series during a 5-0 Ashes rout of England in 2013/14, with five fifties -- including a top score of 118.
Australia fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle said Tuesday that Nevill would be ready to take his Test chance if brought into the side at Lord`s.
"He`s played well in the opportunities he`s had. His record back home speaks for itself. He`s had a couple of great years in first-class cricket," Siddle told a news conference at Lord`s.
"I played a lot with him as a youngster, being a Victorian boy. He moved away (to New South Wales) to get an opportunity and he obviously has taken that.
"No doubt if it`s this Test or down in the future, he gets his opportunity, I`ve got no doubt he will be ready to go," he added.
Nevill, 29, is also Haddin`s deputy at New South Wales and has a first-class batting average in excess of 44.
"I can always learn a lot from Hadds, but this tour I`ve got to prepare to play," said Nevill before Australia`s warm-up match against Essex in Chelmsford.
"I need to be on top of my game and ready to go should that opportunity arise."
Nevill also said he would call upon the vast knowledge of on-tour selector Rodney Marsh, one of Australia`s greatest wicket-keepers and someone who made his first Test tour of England 43 years ago.
"I`m sure he`s gong to have plenty of feedback for me," Nevill said of Marsh. "He had a wonderful career as a wicketkeeper-batsman for Australia, so he`s definitely a great resource.
"I`ll be making sure I sidle up to him and have a good chat about those things," he added.