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Brad Haddin announces international retirement

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Brad Haddin has become the latest member of Australia's conquered Ashes squad to announce his international retirement.

Haddin was a peripheral figure in the recently-completed Investec Series, making the last of his 66 Test appearances at Cardiff before being acrimoniously left out of the team for the remaining three matches after missing the second game at Lord's for personal reasons, as Australia surrendered the urn following a 3-2 defeat.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who retired from one-day internationals earlier this year after helping Australia to World Cup glory, has decided against attempting to earn back his Test spot and joins batsmen Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers in bowing out of the international arena following the Ashes loss.

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All-rounder Shane Watson has retired from Test duty but remains available in the limited-overs formats, while paceman Ryan Harris quit the game shortly before the Investec Series got under way due to his chronic knee problem.

Haddin amassed 3,266 runs in Tests, with four centuries - three of which came against England - and 18 fifties at an average of 32.98.

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His 270 dismissals behind the stumps place him behind only Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy and Rod Marsh for Australia, all of whom played more Tests than Haddin, who was appointed vice-captain of his country in 2013.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann led the tributes, saying: "It's a sad day for Australian cricket, because he was a fantastic player, a fantastic mentor for a lot of young players. A great mentor for me as coach.

"He's a fantastic human being and he'll be welcome in our change-rooms all the time, because he's an absolute superstar."

"He's done a great job for Australia and he should be extremely proud of what he's achieved on and off the cricket field."

Haddin had to wait until the age of 30 to make his Test debut in 2008, having been the long-term understudy to Adam Gilchrist.

His greatest accomplishment was arguably his star turn in the 2013/14 Ashes, when he contributed 493 runs at 61.62 as Australia regained the urn with an emphatic 5-0 whitewash.

But his form had nose-dived by the time Michael Clarke's side arrived on these shores earlier this summer and although he retained his spot for the first Test, his drop of Joe Root on nought proved a pivotal moment, with the Yorkshireman going on to make a vital century in England's win.

Haddin sat out the second Test at Lord's to be with his ill daughter but was omitted from the XI, with Peter Nevill preferred, for the final three matches, which Lehmann later said was "the hardest decision I've had to make as a coach, or even as a player".

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland was also effusive in his praise of Haddin.

"Brad was a vital player during an important period in Australian cricket," he said.

"His tenacity with bat and gloves was matched with an unflinching will to win which made him the foundation of a changing team."

"Brad's strong performances and positive influence on the team were all the more remarkable given he was dealing with the serious illness suffered by his daughter Mia.

"He showed true leadership at the most difficult of times and proved a loyal deputy to Michael Clarke when appointed vice-captain from the 2013 Ashes series.

"Brad can be enormously proud of his contribution to Australian cricket on and off the field."

Haddin has also opted to retire from first-class cricket but will be available to play in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers.

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