'Stoic' Haddin says cricket 'not even a priority' last year due to cancer-battling daughter

Sydney, Apr 25 (ANI): New Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin has said that although he had never doubted that he could win his spot in the team, however, he did not even think about the game for a long time last year due to his daughter's illness.

Haddin was touring the West Indies as Australia's wicketkeeper in March last year when his then 17-month-old daughter Mia fell ill and was subsequently diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, News.com.au reports.

According to Haddin, his energy and focus was channeled into his young family, with an infant daughter fighting cancer in the hospital, adding that for almost six months, cricket was not a priority or even a vague ambition for him.

Stating that although he had never doubted that he had the ability get back to the highest level, Haddin added that it was more a basic decision about whether he would continue to play cricket or not, adding that his cricketing life was sidelined as many tough months of treatment followed.

The stoic Haddin further said that cricket only began to re-enter his mind late last year when Mia's treatment began to look positive, adding that being a parent, his family will always come before other things.

According to the wicketkeeper-batsman, his decision to come back to the sport was taken with the approval of his family, adding that had Mia's treatment taken a different direction, he would not have considered coming into the game at all.

According to the report, Haddin's immediate return home saw Matthew Wade take over behind the stumps.

In the wake of the dismal results for Australia and Wade's struggles with the bat, however, selectors decided two weeks ago to keep the experienced, 44-Test veteran as their top keeper-batsman for the Ashes.

Following Shane Watson's resignation as vice-captain last week, gave back Haddin's former title as vice-captain as well, the report added. (ANI)

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