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Haddin won't take his chances for granted

cricket Updated: Jan 31, 2008 15:38 IST

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All set to succeed Adam Gilchrist in the Australian squad, Brad Haddin is not taking for granted his chances of filling in the boots of the record-breaking retiring glovesman.

"From my point of view things have not really changed that much. The only thing that has changed now is that there is a position open, so there's probably six very excited wicketkeepers around the country," Haddin, who is tipped to replace Gilchrist after the upcoming tri-series, said.

Haddin, who has been Gilchrist's understudy since 2001 and is in the 13-member Australian squad for the tri-series, said he hoped his statistics stood up when the selectors pick the team.

The New South Wales wicketkeeper was modest enough to say that he was not expecting himself to replicate Gilchrist's exploits, which has inspired him to work harder at his own game.

"It's important that whoever takes Gilly's job, for everyone not to compare them to Gilly, which is going to be tough.

"I think it's very important for the guy who comes in and fills Adam's role to be themselves and not try to be Adam Gilchrist, because at the end of the day there's only ever going to be one Adam Gilchrist," he said.

The tri-series involving India, Australia and Sri Lanka, begins on February 3.