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Haddin's focus on return to form, expresses disappointment over Paine's untimely injury

December 15, 2011 - Sydney

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says stand-bye keeper Tim Paine's untimely injury is disappointing, but irrelevant in terms of his own poor form. He maintained that the only pressure he feels to succeed comes from himself.

Paine will miss up to four months of cricket after undergoing surgery on a troublesome finger yesterday.

That has given Haddin some breathing space ahead of the four-Test series against India, given the Tasmanian was the most likely replacement should Haddin have continued to find himself under fire.

Haddin said the main emotion he felt was disappointment for Paine, who he saw as a wonderful prospect for Australia.

"The only pressure I feel in international cricket is wanting to succeed personally," Haddin said.

The Sydney Morning Herald further quoted him, as saying: "That's the pressure you put on yourself, to perform every time you walk out and try to get better every time you get in the nets."

Haddin said: "That's always been my focus, and that was drilled into me from a very young age. I was behind Adam Gilchrist for a long time and I thought I'd never get my chance. My main focus is to be the best possible cricketer I can be, and not worry about who's coming up and who's behind me."

Haddin said his mindset had not altered one bit following news of Paine's surgery, after the 27-year-old re-broke his right index finger during Tasmania's pre-season campaign.

"My mindset's always been the same. I've always just made sure my game's 100 per cent in working order, and I'm trying to move forward and always get better as a cricketer every time I hit these nets or the training paddock," said Haddin.


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