Haddin says cricket not in mind during daughter's battle with cancer

Sydney, Jan 7(ANI): Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has said he was not thinking about cricket during his time out of the team last year as his daughter fought a battle with cancer.

Haddin has won a surprise recall to Australia's 50-over team for two matches against Sri Lanka and has been pencilled in as the second keeper for the Ashes tour if Australia plumps for a back up to Matthew Wade, News.com.au reports.

Haddin stepped down from the Australian keeping position for last year's West Indian tour after his daughter Mia, then 17 months old, was diagnosed with cancer.

Wade took Haddin's place as a fill-in and has subsequently cemented his position.

Mia's condition has improved enough for Haddin to return to cricket and, if need be, tour England.

Haddin claimed cricket was not anywhere in his thoughts during his time out of the team, adding that when something like that happens then your life is put on hold.

The custodian added that he has been lucky that things have gone in the right direction enough to allow him to be back playing cricket.

Haddin said he wouldn't have had resumed playing cricket if his family had been affected in anyway. (ANI)


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