Brad Haddin takes over from Greg Blewett as Australia’s fielding coach

Brad Haddin, the former Australia wicket-keeper, will join the Australian men’s team as a high-performance coach until the end of 2019, Cricket Australia announced on Thursday.

Haddin will be replacing Greg Blewett, the former Australia batsman, who will now take up a position at South Australia, mainly as the coach of the U19 side but also working closely with the Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers.

Haddin, a veteran of 66 Tests and 126 one-day games, joins as the Bupa Support Staff as a High Performance Coach, contracted through until the end of 2019.

The 39-year-old, who will work under head coach Darren Lehmann, said he was looking forward to working with what is a relatively inexperienced Australia team.

“I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world class fielding,” he said in a news release.

“They were the type of players who took it personally if the team wasn’t fielding well and that created a level for the rest of the group to aspire to.

“I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that.”

Lehmann, the Australia men’s head coach, expressed his excitement at having Haddin working with the squad ahead of the upcoming tour to Bangladesh and the Ashes in December 2017.

“Brad had a wonderful career as a player for Australia and will bring a multi-skill set to our environment,” Lehmann remarked.

Haddin entered Australia’s coaching pathway immediately after retiring from international cricket in 2015 and has had roles with Australia A, Islamabad in the Pakistan Premier League and was an interim assistant coach for Australia earlier this year in New Zealand.