IT seems Michael Clarke has all but confirmed Brad Haddin’s Test retirement.
The fifth Ashes Test, which starts at 8pm tonight, will be the final chapter of Clarke and Chris Rogers’ international careers.
Selectors will need to work fast to try and fill the void left by the two veterans, as a two-Test tour of Bangladesh kicks off in October.
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Haddin has also had a tough run this Ashes tour, after returning to Sydney for family reason and then struggling to make his way back into the side.
Haddin and Cricket Australia are yet to comment on the situation, but Clarke indicated the 37-year-old’s international career was over.
“Brad Haddin has probably played his last Test match,” he said.
“I’m not sure about the rest of group to be honest, I don’t think it would be fair of me to make that decision.
“Any time you lose four senior players to your XI it’s certainly (a time of) change.
“But I’m really excited about what lies ahead .. about the talent we have not just in this squad but back home in our first-class system.”