Perth: Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday lent support to struggling wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who he says will surely come out of his lean patch in the third Test against India, starting on Friday.

Haddin had dropped Indian opener Gautam Gambhir in the Sydney Test and his wicketkeeping has been below par this series apart from poor form with the bat, prompting many critics to demand for his axing.

But Arthur says, Haddin is a good cricketing brain and is an asset for the side. “I still believe in Brad (Haddin). I love his character. I love the way he is around the group. He is our vice-captain and he lives that role really well. I am confident we are going to get the best out of Brad in the Perth Test match,” Arthur said.

“We are just going to keep hammering it home with Brad. He did not have his best Test match by everyone’s admission. I think he will be fine. I had a nice chat to him after the Test. He’s fine. He wants to come to Perth and do well,” he said.

(Agencies)