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Clarke wants 'match-winner' Haddin to continue playing his natural game

November 10, 2011 - Cape Town

Australian captain Michael Clarke says that he is happy for struggling wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to continue playing ambitiously in his search for top form.

Despite being out cheaply in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday, Haddin's five runs were enough to bring up his 2000-run milestone for Test matches.

The 34-year-old joins Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy and Rod Marsh as the only keepers in Australian cricket to reach 2000 runs and 100 dismissals in a career.

"He'll be disappointed that he hasn't made more runs, but he's a match-winner and a positive player. He's going to play his shots and I don't have a problem with that," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"I'd rather see guys get out playing their natural game, than being a little bit timid. He's working as hard as I've seen. He's always been the type of guy to work his backside off and leave no stone unturned," he added.


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