Haddin keeping it simple
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin insists he will not be resorting to any "low percentage shots" in the Caribbean.
Last Updated: 22/04/10 3:00pm
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin insists he will not be resorting to any "low percentage shots" when the World Twenty20 gets underway.
The powerful right-hander is renowned in his native Australia for strong hitting through the V at both the beginning and end of an innings.
Other players - such as Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and England's Eoin Morgan - have forged reputations for themselves through improvised shots such as reverse sweeps and switch-hits.
But Haddin, 32, does not believe that is the path to go down as Australia look to claim the one piece of silverware that has so far eluded them.
"I find if I get in trouble in Twenty20 cricket it's when I'm trying to reinvent the wheel," he said.
"The fundamentals of the game are exactly the same, you need to give yourself a good base to hit the ball ... if I try and get too funky with what I'm doing, it's only going to lead to my downfall.
"This game allows you to experiment with those sorts of shots - we've seen the ramp shot and things like that - but they're still low percentage shots in my opinion."
Australia head into this year's 20-over showpiece looking to avenge their woeful display in England last time out.
The Aussies suffered heavy defeats to both West Indies and Sri Lanka in 2009 as they were unceremoniously dumped out of the group stages.
Pakistan and Bangladesh await Haddin and his team-mates in Group A in the Caribbean, but Haddin believes it would be foolish to read too much into the draw.
"The beauty of Twenty20 cricket is because it's such a short form of the game, any team on any day only needs a couple of players to go off to be in the contest," he said.
"Bangladesh are a very, very dangerous team in the shorter form of the game and with Pakistan you don't know what you're going to get.
"There's probably a bit of expectation on us that we need to do better at this one (compared to last year), we will just have to wait and see where we're at ... I think we've shown this summer that we're starting to play pretty good Twenty20 cricket."
Haddin gave no insight as to where he will be deployed in a batting order that will more than likely be headed by explosive left-hander David Warner.
"It's one of those games where sometimes you do fly by the seat of your pants and you can get thrown in at any stage."
"I enjoy opening, but I also enjoy the later overs in Twenty20 - but the bottom line is you try and hit as many sixes as you can, whether you're batting in the first or 20th over."