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Haddin seeks solutions to tackle NSW's transfer blues

Sick of seeing good people leave NSW ... Brad Haddin.

Sick of seeing good people leave NSW ... Brad Haddin. Photo: Getty Images

BRAD HADDIN is sick of seeing good people leave NSW and has urged state authorities to ''get things right'' to stop the talent drain from the Blues.

The former Test wicketkeeper and Blues stalwart said Anthony Stuart's departure as coach was the perfect time for Cricket NSW to take stock and re-evaluate what had gone wrong in recent times.

''It's disappointing from the whole group's point of view and I think it might be something now we can sit back and say 'hang on a minute, we need to start getting things right','' Haddin said. ''We've lost a lot of players in the last few years and two of them could be potentially playing the Boxing Day Test in [Phillip] Hughes and [Usman] Khawaja.

''I think we need to really sit down and make sure we get things right because things like this can't keep happening to this great state of NSW. We're not just producing cricketers, we're producing the best cricketers in Australia.''

While NSW have four players under their banner in Australia's 13-man squad for Boxing Day, including the world's No.1 batsman Michael Clarke, questions are being raised over the quality heading for greener pastures interstate.

Most notable were the returns of Hughes and Khawaja to the Test fray after the next-generation pair quit NSW in the winter - along with former national spinner Nathan Hauritz, who returned to his native Queensland - in an attempt to rebuild their careers.

Newcomer Jackson Bird, on the verge of a baggy green, hails from Sydney but left for Tasmania last year for more opportunities, following in the footsteps of Test opener Ed Cowan, who quit the Blues in 2009. Other players to have represented Australia in recent years after leaving NSW include John Hastings, Peter Forrest, Dan Christian and Jason Krejza.

''We're the biggest state so we're going to produce the most cricketers so sometimes these guys have to go interstate to get their opportunity,'' Haddin told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday. ''We've got to make sure we're not losing good people all the time like Anthony [Stuart], Khawaja and Hughes, and Haury [Hauritz] left last year. We've got to fix this problem and move forward.''

Haddin said the decision to dump Stuart had shocked the NSW squad, many of whom are playing for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League. ''We got a message on our phone that Anthony Stuart was no longer our coach - the players haven't had a chance to get their head around it or had a chance to talk to Stuey,'' Haddin said.

However, he has been impressed by what he has seen from Stuart's interim replacement, Chandika Hathurusinghe, who worked with the Sixers squad during their triumphant campaign at the Champions League in October.

''The way he's anlaysed the game and understanding of the game, [he] was very, very good to talk to - I think he'll do a very good job in the interim,'' Haddin said.

One of the key issues confronting Hathurusinghe will be managing the transition back to the state scene after the Big Bash.

A former Test opener for Sri Lanka, he said he was aiming to create a relaxed atmosphere around the squad.

''I like a lot of freedom of expression in the middle for the players to do well,'' Hathurusinghe said.

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