Haddin's Ashes turnaround inspired by daughter's remission from cancer

Sydney, Jan 4 : Veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who has inspired his team's Ashes triumph more than any other batsman, was accompanied by his daughter Mia, who has herself made a remarkable recovery from the dreaded cancer neuroblastoma, onto the SCG for the national anthems on Friday.

The Ashes has been a remarkable turnaround for Haddin, who continued his remarkable resurgence by scoring his fifth consecutive first innings half century as Australia posted 326 in the opening day of the Sydney Ashes Test, and it was poetic that the toddler was there to celebrate his achievements.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Haddin pushed his cricketing life aside when his daughter, then 17-months-old, fell ill and was subsequently diagnosed with neuroblastoma while he was touring the West Indies in March 2012 and his international career looked over with his replacement Matthew Wade's performance in his absence.

However, the report mentioned that a string of dismal results from Wade saw Haddin receive a recall to Australia's touring Ashes squad in 2013 and he was even handed back his vice-captaincy, following which he set a world record by becoming the only wicketkeeper to take 29 dismissals in a Test series.

Haddin has delivered in the first innings of every Test and has scored 465 runs this series at an average of over 66, and the report added that with his daughter Mia in remission, Haddin's form looks set to be even more better in the near future.

--ANI (Posted on 04-01-2014)

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