ODI series: Australia want to secure a second quick-fire series win before turning eyes to another whitewash, says Brad Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper is hoping to take an unassailable 3-0 lead when they meet England in Sydney on Sunday night
Saturday 18 January 2014
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has warned England that Australia will go in for another quick kill in Sydney on Sunday night.
After securing the Ashes before Christmas, en route to a whitewash, Australia are a step away from winning the one-day international series and could achieve that with two matches to spare.
Michael Clarke's side are 2-0 ahead following their dramatic one-wicket win in Brisbane and, with England's still yet to beat Australia since arriving Down Under in late October, Haddin wants to inflict more pain.
"We're hoping after last night that we can open a few more scars a bit wider and finish it off in Sydney," Haddin said. "It's a massive achievement if we can do that."
Haddin conceded Australia had been outplayed at the Gabba, but he believes the fact the hosts still won proves what mental edge they now hold over England.
"Obviously they won't be feeling well, but that's not for me to judge," he said.
"We were in a position last night where England batted, bowled and fielded better than us and we won the game.
"We'll take a lot of confidence out of that leading into this game in Sydney.
"People say winning is a habit and so is losing. I think that was no more evident than last night.
"We lost wickets at crucial times and didn't close out the game like we should have with the ball and no-one in our top four went on and got a hundred.
"From England's point of view they did all that but we won the game."
Eoin Morgan, who made England's century, actually came in at number five, but the theme of Haddin's point remained astute.
Asked if he thought there was any way back for England - who face the prospect of being whitewashed 5-0 in two series this winter - Haddin added: "I hope not.
"We're enjoying the cricket that we are playing at the moment and we've got a chance tomorrow to close the series out. That's what we're looking to do."
James Faulkner was the hero of the Brisbane win as his 57-run last wicket stand with Clint McKay snatched away the win.
The all-rounder crashed an unbeaten 69 from 47 balls and hit five sixes - all in the last 10 overs off Ben Stokes.
It was not the first time Faulkner has performed such heroics, after steering Australia to victory against India in Mohali last October, and Haddin is sure the 23-year-old - who was 12th man for all five Ashes Tests - will be a key player in the future.
"Yep, he does (have a big Australia career ahead). He's been a part of our set-up for the whole summer and he's an exceptional talent," Haddin said.
"The one thing we are most pleased about is he learns quicker than most.
"He picks up things quicker and he's got that competitive edge that you want in your cricket team.
"I think Mohali has helped him. He understands now that if you can get the game deep he's got the power to clear the rope at the end.
"He paced his innings pretty well last night.
"He's only young but he takes everything on board."
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