Brad Haddin won’t complicate things when he crouches down behind the stumps in readiness for the first of many emotional deliveries in next week’s first Test.
“I don’t think you need to look too deep into what’s going to happen. You’re going to get a cricket game here on Tuesday, you’ll enjoy it and so will we,” Haddin said.
“We get back to playing the game we love. I don’t think you need to complicate it any more than that.”
Haddin fronted the press on Saturday prior to Australia’s training session at Adelaide Oval, the venue of the rescheduled first Test against India.
Haddin was playing for NSW when Phillip Hughes was struck by a bouncer at the SCG, a tragic event that has deeply affected cricketers around the country.
It would have been particularly confronting for Haddin and his NSW teammates, who immediately realised how serious the situation was and frantically called for an ambulance.
The 37-year-old replied in typical no-nonsense fashion when asked whether he would be mentally right to play the opening chapter of the four-Test series.
“Yep,” he said.
Hughes’ death and the grief that enveloped the entire Test squad was never mentioned by Haddin on Saturday.
Who could blame him, being the first player from the NSW side to speak publicly after they witnessed the freak accident.
“Cricket is just a game,” he said, when asked if the sport will ever be the same again.
“We can try to complicate it as much as we want, but we got back to cricket training,” he added, when asked how tough the first training session following Hughes’ death was.
“We needed to feel that cricket hurt in our legs again so we got that.”
Tuesday looms an incredibly sombre day of cricket, with a range of tributes planned in memory of Hughes.
“We need the support of the Australian public and everyone leading into this first Test,” Haddin said.
“We’re looking forward to playing and we need the help of everyone to enjoy the moment and just enjoy the game of cricket.
“Our job is to go and play cricket.”