Former Aussie wicket-keeper Brad Haddin recounted a peculiar on-field encounter against the Windies in 2009.
Australia and the West Indies are now playing a two-match Test series in Australia, with the hosts taking a 1-0 lead after winning the opening game in Perth. The two teams have had some memorable battles throughout the years, and the level of intensity is always high when both sides face off.
Even though the Windies, captained by Kraigg Brathwaite, fought tooth and nail against the Aussies in the first Test at Perth Stadium, the team is nowhere like the West Indian side of yore, which used to face every problem head-on. As a result, whenever both teams stepped on the field against each other, there was always some sort of verbal altercation between the Australians and the West Indian players.
Former Australia wicket keeper-batter Brad Haddin remembered an argument between himself and Windies cricketer Sulieman Benn during the 2009-10 summer.
Haddin recalled the on-field brawl that had erupted and revealed that Benn had threatened to stab him and Mitchell Johnson.
In the words of Bradd Haddin.
“He (Benn) used to sledge us but didn’t really want to hear from us which was not a great character trait. But then he said something really weird, we (Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson) were about to head to the T20 World Cup and he said ‘You two won’t get out alive in Barbados, I will stab you’ and I said ‘beg your pardon’ and that then is when it got misty and I don’t really know what happened after that,” told Haddin when he spoke at length while commentating on the Perth Test on ‘Triple M’.
“You’re sticking up for your mate, we’ve always been close Jonno (Mitchell Johnson) and I so I’ve just gone in and pointed the bat and said ‘this is on now, you can’t say things like that’. I remember I got fined 25 per cent of my match fee and I looked at it and I signed it and I handed it straight back and walked out. And he said ‘Hads (Haddin) what are you doing?’ And I said ‘mate that was all worth it, I’m happy to pay 25 per cent’,” added Haddin.
Australia has a 1-0 lead in the Test series.
Australia has begun the ongoing Test series exactly as they had hoped, as they won the match and now lead the series 1-0. The Pat Cummins-led Australia crushed the Windies by 164 runs in the first Test of the series in Perth. Both sides will now compete in the second and final red-ball match, which will begin on December 8 in Adelaide.