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Brad Haddin.— PHOTO: AFP
Brad Haddin.— PHOTO: AFP

Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was recalled to the Australia squad on Wednesday as vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes tour to England as selectors opted for experience.

Haddin, 35, who has played only one Test since January 2012, replaces Shane Watson as Michael Clarke’s deputy in a 16-man squad for the five-Test series starting in July at Trent Bridge.

Chris Rogers, 35, has also been recalled, with chief selector John Inverarity admitting experience was an important factor following the retirements of Ponting and Mike Hussey.

Watson is in the squad but stood down from his role as vice-captain over the weekend to concentrate on his batting and bowling following his controversial axing in India for disciplinary reasons.

Inverarity said Haddin was now his first-choice wicketkeeper, with former gloveman Matthew Wade likely to carry the drinks.

Haddin will captain the Australia ‘A’ squad, which will play matches against Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire before the Ashes series.

Rogers has also been selected, five years after he earned his one and only Test cap against India. He has played extensively in England and been in prolific form.

“With Mike (Hussey) and Ricky going there’s a gap in experience and Chris fills that gap,” Inverarity said.

The squad:

Michael Clarke (capt.), Brad Haddin (vice-capt.), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Chris Rogers, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon. — AFP

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