Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has apologised for a drunken radio interview in which he said New Zealand “deserved” to be sledged.
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Haddin was slammed on social media after giving Martin Guptill a massive send-off during Australia’s World Cup final win, and he was hit with even more criticism after he told Triple M radio that he Kiwi’s deserved the verbal barrage.
“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.
Haddin apologised for the boozy interview, saying he should never have agreed to go on air.
“We were celebrating a World Cup win and enjoying ourselves after a long tournament,” Haddin is quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
“In hindsight, we should have stayed off the radio.
“If I offended anyone, it was never my intention.”
Check out Haddin’s send-off on Guptill below: