Under-fire Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has hit back at critics after he was slammed on social media for his sledging tactics against New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday.
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Speaking to Triple M radio, a clearly under-the-weather Haddin said Martin Guptill and Grant Elliot “deserved” their send-offs during the Black Caps’ innings at the MCG.
“You know what? They deserved it,” Haddin is quoted as saying by AAP.
“They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable,” Haddin said.
“I said in the team meeting: ‘I can’t stand for this anymore, we’re going at them as hard as we can.’
“It was that uncomfortable. All they were was that nice to us for seven days.
“I said, ‘I’m not playing cricket like this. If we get another crack at these guys in the final I’m letting everything [out].’
Haddin got right in the face of the New Zealand opener Martin Guptill after he was clean bowled by all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
The veteran Australian clapped and yelled in the face of New Zealand’s semi-final hero, causing many to announce their displeasure in Haddin’s actions on Twitter.
Some went as far as saying that Haddin was a “genuinely bad and revolting human being”, while some Australians cited the wicketkeeper’s behaviour as a reason to support New Zealand in the final.
Check out Haddin’s send-off on Guptill below: