Sydney, Jan 3: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson lauded Brad Haddin for rising up to the challenge of facing a hostile short-ball tactic specifically employed against the wicketkeeper by India in the drawn third Test in Melbourne.
"I think just in general how Brad took on what the Indians served up to him in Melbourne was incredible," Watson said.
"He's a tough man - he's not going to take a backward step, he's always going to find a way to take on the game."
The 33-year-old said it was particularly inspiring for his teammates to see the experienced Haddin fighting the uncomfortable strategy in his own way and succeeding.
He scored 55 runs in the first innings at Melbourne and forged a crucial 110-run sixth wicket partnership with captain Steven Smith.
"And Brad was out on the ground as well so we're all dealing with it in our own way after what we saw. So to be able to see Brad play the way he did and take it on was awesome."