Sport Cricket ‘They deserved it’: cheery Haddin on NZ sledging
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‘They deserved it’: cheery Haddin on NZ sledging

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Brad Haddin has defended himself against suggestions his sledging was too aggressive, declaring New Zealand deserved the send-offs he gave them in the World Cup final.

After a sleepless night celebrating Australia’s World Cup win in Melbourne, Haddin spoke to Triple M radio on Monday morning.

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An audibly cheerful Haddin, who Steve Smith described as the “drunkest man in the team”, said New Zealand deserved the treatment he gave them.

“You know what? They deserved it,” Haddin said.

“They were that nice to us in New Zealand and we were that uncomfortable.

“I said in the team meeting: ‘I can’t stand for this anymore, we’re going at them as hard as we can.’

“It was that uncomfortable. All they were was that nice to us for seven days.

“I said, ‘I’m not playing cricket like this.”

Haddin, 37, then described the scene around him.

“I’ll paint a picture for you now. I’ve got a coach who’s spooning the World Cup who can’t speak,” Haddin said.

“I’ve got James Faulkner who’s got his clothes off but don’t tell everyone.

“And I’ve got the Marsh boys, and you know I can’t even talk about the Marsh boys because you know what trouble they have.”

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