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Haddin is either a cheat or not fit to keep wicket

It is fortunate New Zealand won in Perth last night. Had they not, Black Cap fans would be understandably pissed off, following Brad Haddin’s disgusting and desperate dismissal of Neil Broom.

Haddin is adamant the ball came off the wickets into his gloves, despite the ball clearly missing the bails, which were only dislodged because his gloves hit them on the way back from being in front of the stumps. It is obvious Haddin knew he had dislodged the bails not the ball as it is evident in his reaction. If Haddin really believes he did not hit the bails then he is visually impaired and not fit to keep wicket at international level.

For Haddin and his captain Ricky Ponting to call into question Daniel Vettori’s honesty is disgusting and cowardly. To label Vettori’s comments “poor” and “low” is hypocritical and indicative of a man with no integrity. Vettori is not the only one critical of Haddin’s actions, and was careful with his words at the post match press conference. Even the Australian commentators at the time noticed something was amiss. Most it appears believe Haddin was in the wrong and he should man up and admit it.

Australia are in decline and getting desperate. Ricky Ponting has been shown up as an average captain and the team is suffering without a few exceptional  players. Fair play and Australian cricket have never gone together, but this incident shows the team has lost the plot. If there was any integrity Cricket Australia should demand Haddin and Ponting apologise to Vettori and Broom. I doubt this will be forthcoming.

Australia’s sporting demise is enjoyable for all sports fans aroundthe world who have tired of their arogance and lack of fair play. Watching them resort to cheating and lying as they lose to all and sundry makes their decline all the more enjoyable. Long may it continue while their morals remain in the gutter.