Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin can play in the next Ashes series, according to former keeper Ian Healy.

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin can play in the next Ashes series, according to former keeper Ian Healy. Photo: Reuters

A ''great mental state'' has former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy backing Brad Haddin to keep his job behind the stumps until at least the next Ashes series in 2015 - if not beyond.

It is in contrast to ex-coach Mickey Arthur, sacked after a 4-0 thumping in India in March, who was concerned 36-year-old Haddin would leave a gaping hole in the national side when he decided to hang up the gloves. Past keeping greats such as Adam Gilchrist and Rod Marsh (both then 36) retired at Haddin's age.

But Healy said Haddin's late arrival on the international scene, plus a recent hiatus because of the illness of his daughter Mia, meant the Queanbeyan-product keeper had still played relatively little cricket.

Brad Haddin is in the form of his career.

Brad Haddin is in the form of his career. Photo: Getty Images

And he saw no reason why Haddin couldn't double his 52 Tests before pulling up stumps. That would take him to 2018, past his 40th birthday and the next two Ashes series.

Haddin said earlier this year he wanted to play until at least the 2015 World Cup in Australia - the same year as Australia's first Ashes defence for four years.

Healy said the ''new perspective on life'' Haddin's daughter's illness gave him last year, when he took time away from the game, meant he saw cricket as a game and not just his livelihood.

And he's starring with bat and gloves in a resurgent Michael Clarke-led side - scoring runs and taking brilliant catches.

''He's only had 52 Tests, so he'll either double that or get to 75 pretty easy and then start thinking about [retiring],'' Healy said. ''So that's another two to three years if he wants to.

''It's only 2015, [the next Ashes], that's only less than two years away. Definitely I would like him to be at the next Ashes. He's just in a great mental state - he's relaxed, he's enjoying the game and taking a few risks.''

But Arthur said Haddin was one of several ageing players whose departure could leave a gaping hole in the national team.

It was an area the South African said he had tried to address while he was at the helm of the side.

Since his sacking, Arthur has had a war of words with Haddin in the press following the wicketkeeper's claims last month the ex-coach was ''very, very insecure''.

''My worry for the Australians going forward is the holes that we tried to fill during my time, like the keeping role, are still going to be there,'' Arthur told the BBC.

''It's an old team now.

''[Chris] Rogers is 36, so who is that next opening batsman?

''Is George Bailey good enough? Where does [Shane] Watson bat?

''Who is the next keeper? Brad Haddin is 36 now, so is it Matthew Wade? … So Australia are going to face all those same things I went through in my time and tried to fast-track.''

While Healy backed Haddin to continue his career-best form for a few years, he said Australia would still have a succession plan.

He said there was a chasing ''pack'' led by Queensland's Chris Hartley, but Tim Paine, Peter Nevill, Matthew Wade and Tim Ludeman all stake claims.