In good form ... Brad Haddin. Photo: Jay Cronan
NATIONAL selector John Inverarity has forecast a recall for Brad Haddin to Australia's one-day team for the series against Sri Lanka and West Indies, while the country's Twenty20 captain George Bailey is favoured to temporarily take over as captain.
Australia's one-day squad for the first two of five matches against Sri Lanka will be named on Sunday ahead of the series opener between the teams in Melbourne on Friday.
Bailey, the Tasmania and Australia T20 skipper, is tipped to stand in for Test captain Michael Clarke when he is given a hard-earned breather during part of the limited-overs campaign.
Veteran gloveman Haddin, meanwhile, was earmarked for a return to international cricket by Inverarity, nearly a year after he was displaced by Matthew Wade in the ODI team.
The 25-year-old Test keeper is likely to get a rest with Clarke, while opener David Warner could also be given a break after a gruelling summer schedule.
''We consider that the best two wicketkeeper-batsmen in the country are Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin,'' Inverarity told the West Australian. ''There is a very good chance that Haddin will be called up to play the one-day series.''
The news is further proof that 35-year-old Haddin remains a part of Australian selectors' plans ahead of the Ashes tour in the winter, in which he will likely be included as Wade's back-up. Wade was promoted to the Test job in the West Indies in April when Haddin returned home before the series to be with his ill young daughter.
Haddin, who made two Sheffield Shield centuries before the season break, worked with Australian fielding coach Steve Rixon in the SCG nets on Friday afternoon and is still highly valued, chiefly for his experience.
Australia also play five one-day games against West Indies in February before the Test squad embarks on a four-match tour of India. Selectors are desperate to give Clarke a rest, with the captain having had to overcome hamstring soreness to play Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, batting for more than 28 hours this summer. Clarke missed five matches of the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka a year ago when he was worn down by hamstring and back complaints after another summer of heavy run-scoring.
Vice-captain Shane Watson would ordinarily deputise for Clarke but the calf strain he acquired during the Boxing Day Test will keep him out of the ODI side until at least the latter stages of the series.
Inverarity would not say whether Haddin was considered for the captaincy, only remarking Australia were looking at ''continuity of captaincy'', a pointer in Bailey's favour. The other more sentimental option to consider was handing Michael Hussey the captaincy during an ODI farewell.