Melbourne: He could be leading Australia against India in the upcoming Test series if Michael Clarke fails to recover in time from injury but Brad Haddin himself felt so drained physically and mentally not too long back that he contemplated quitting cricket.

Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin 

In a Daily Telegraph report quoting rugby player Tom Carter, who mentored Haddin and helped him get over the tough phase, it has been revealed that the wicketkeeper-batsman was on the verge of bidding adieu to the game after battling injuries and weight issues.

"He approached me after the T20 World Cup (in March) where he obviously had an incredible comeback through the Ashes and he just said, 'look, I feel really tired and I'm just unsure about where to go,'" said Carter, Haddin's friend for the last 10 years.

"He spoke to me about the difficulty of after the Ashes and the emotional and physical let-down of how hard it's to want to keep climbing the mountain.

I said to him, 'you have nothing to prove to anyone... why don't we just train for a month and then you make a decision? Don't make a decision when you feel like you do now'," he recalled.