Perth: Australia's wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin, has conceded his confidence took a blow when he dropped Gautam Gambhir in India's second innings at the SCG last week. The edge off James Pattinson sailed between Haddin's arms as he dived to his left, the ball closer to his original position than he anticipated.
It was the second time in the series Haddin had misjudged his movement and gone too far. In the first innings at the MCG, Virender Sehwag edged the ball off Pattinson and Haddin dived to his right, only to see the ball bounce off his wrists as he moved further than necessary.
Neither mistake proved match-turning but Haddin, Australia's vice-captain in the absence of Shane Watson, has struggled to show his best with either bat or with the gloves during the India series. He said it was important not to get too concerned about the missed opportunities.