Australia v India: Brad Haddin calls for fans' support ahead of Test

Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin was behind the stumps for New South Wales when South Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was fatally struck
1st Test: Australia v India in Adelaide
Dates: December 9-13 from 00:00 GMT (10:30 AEDT) Coverage: Updates on Sportsday and reports on the BBC Sport website

Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin says the side needs the support of fans as they prepare for the first Test against India in Adelaide next week.

The match will be the first since Wednesday's funeral of team-mate Phillip Hughes.

The 25-year-old died in hospital two days after being hit by a short-pitched delivery during a domestic game.

"We need the support of the Australian public and everyone leading into this first Test," Haddin said.

"We're looking forward to playing and we need the help of everyone to enjoy the moment and just enjoy the game of cricket. Our job is to go and play cricket."

The Australia team, who attended Hughes's funeral in Macksville, New South Wales, are back in training for the series opener against India, which starts on Tuesday.

The first Test was supposed to have started in Brisbane on 4 December but was put back and then switched to Adelaide to give players more time to recover.

Australia v India
1st Test: Adelaide Dec 9-13, 00:00 GMT (10:30 AEDT)
2nd Test: BrisbaneDec 17-21, 00:00 (10:00 AEDT)
3rd Test: MelbourneDec 26-30, 23:30 (10:30 AEDT))
4th Test: Sydney Jan 6-10, 23:30 (10:30 AEDT)

Haddin was behind the stumps for New South Wales when South Australian batsman Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but the 37-year-old did not mention Hughes's death or the feelings of the players when he faced the media on Saturday.

"I don't think you need to look too deep into what's going to happen. You're going to get a cricket game here on Tuesday, you'll enjoy it and so will we," he said.

"We can try to complicate it as much as we want, but we got back to cricket training. We needed to feel that cricket hurt in our legs again so we got that."

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