CRICKET: The question of whether Brad Haddin will play on come next year's Big Bash remains unanswered for now, but Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques is confident he could still match it with anyone.
Haddin gave the Sixers hope in the Big Bash final, coming in at five to smash 38 off 25 when Sydney were on the ropes at 3/17.
He top scored for the Sixers and his form this season is evidence he could play on if he wants to.
"We saw him bat tonight, he batted beautifully,” Henriques said post-match.
"It would be nice for us if he could churn out a few more performances for us next year but that decision will be completely with him.
"He came out and actually gave us a chance of getting back in and posting a 160-plus total with the way he batted. In the big games he came out and performed and unfortunately we just couldn't take the game out from there.”
Haddin's impact is more than just heroics with the bat and reliability with the gloves, with Henriques saying he would be missed around the club if were to retire.
"He's very calm under pressure and he's a great role model not just as a cricketer but as a person and the way he conducts himself off the field,” he said.
"He's just someone that you almost want to learn from all the time, not just in the way they play their cricket but in their approach and way they go about their life as well.”
Even if Sixers do lose him, they'll be confident in the talent coming through.
A number of young players have shown great potential, taking their chances when spots became available through injured or national duty.
"There's some really encouraging signs knowing we didn't play all that well but still got six wins to get to the finals,” Henriques said.
"I feel like we've got a terrific squad, we've got terrific players who make up our team. "Across the board bowling or batting I feel like we have some match winners but tonight we were just outplayed.
"We battled last year with a couple of injuries to key players and a lot of those guys came back and even the younger guys who got a game through those injuries, started to step up and with the experience of last year started turning into match winners for us now.”