Australia news October 29, 2012

Wade unfazed by heavy workload

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Matthew Wade is confident he can handle the workload of being Australia's wicketkeeper in all three formats after being named as the side's Test gloveman on Monday. Wade beat the veteran Brad Haddin for a position in Australia's side for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane, starting on November 9, and it is the first of six Tests this summer, with Sri Lanka to visit in December and January.

The Australians then have five ODIs and two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka, followed by five ODIs and one Twenty20 against West Indies, a four-Test tour of India and then back-to-back Ashes series in England and Australia. Should Wade, 24, remain in the side in all three formats throughout that time it will be a hectic year for him, and he has already had a busy few months, having played 41 matches for Australia since the start of February.

Adam Gilchrist rarely missed matches during his time in Australia's side, although for most of his career he had only two formats to worry about. There were occasions during Haddin's four years in the role that his workload was managed, and he missed matches due to injury, but generally in recent years when an Australian keeper has claimed the first-choice spot it has been hard to prise him out.

"I'd love to hold all three caps," Wade said after being named as the Test gloveman. "That's what everyone dreams of, is representing Australia in all three forms. I'd like to keep in every single game that I can. Like the fast bowlers, if there comes a point where the selectors have to rest me, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. It's been proven over the last ten years that keepers can play every single game, so it can definitely happen."

Wade will join an elite group when he steps out on to the Gabba for the first Test against South Africa, becoming only the fourth Australian wicketkeeper to play a Test on home soil in 24 years. In fact, during Wade's lifetime, only Greg Dyer, Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist and Haddin have been given the gloves in a Test match in Australia.

The occasion will become even more special for Wade if he holds his place for the Boxing Day Test; not only is the MCG his adopted home ground, December 26 will be his 25th birthday. However, for the time being, Wade has eyes only for Brisbane, where he will have to battle a fearsome South African attack including Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel as Australia begin the battle to wrest back the No.1 Test ranking.

"It's going to be a difficult one," Wade said. "They've got a great fast-bowling attack and a pretty good top six or seven. Every Test team is going to be hard work but South Africa are the No.1 Test team in the world and that's where we want to be. Pup talks about it all the team, we want to be the No.1 team in the world again. There's no greater test than this summer."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on October 31, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Moppa on (October 31 2012, 07:32 AM GMT) - good one, didn't know it was 3 tons as an opener! Regarding paine - I think the bloke would need a fair few injury-free matches to get the confidence back - where he isn't thinking about his finger. I have seen bits & pieces of Shield & Ryobi this year & he looked okay, (nothing that a non-expert would see as faulty), but he has fluffed the odd chance this season - (not easy ones). I think the selectors will be very reluctant to put any pressure on Wade about his place in the side. So I think he'd have to fall apart badly to not have a whole summer. I think his keeping was in the Windies - so I can't see it being a problem in India. He may need some help/training specific for England - based on ODI performance behind the stumps which was below everything else I'd seen of him.

  • Moppa on October 31, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @Meety, I did a bit of research on Wade's List A record. Of his 4 List A hundreds, 3 came as opener. He was promoted to opening during the 2010/11 season (after a hundred down at 6 or 7), and made 2 more that season as opener, and then another hundred opening in 2011/12. I haven't seen Paine at all this season, so interested to hear your observations. From what I've seen of him (before his latest injury), he has good footwork and is clean behind the stumps, as well as a good batting technique. Wade will almost certainly get this whole summer, and based on that either go to India and England or Paine might come into the picture (assuming he has a good Shield season, of course).

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @Moppa on (October 30 2012, 11:13 AM GMT) - I feel sorry for Paine, whilst I think the selectors are doing everything to give him a shot, I THINK he is not an immediate threat to Wade. Paine is supposed to be the superior keeper, but he has been a touch shaky since coming back from injury & I think the selectors will want a year out of him before thinking about selecting him. I think in Tests, with some question marks around the batting, his superior batting is a big advantage. I agree that Wade seems to like to get a sighter before he gets going. He has batted @ #4 for Victoria a lot in List A, so I don't know that opening was always going to be the best spot. Problem with Paine as an ODI opening batsmen is that he is a lot slower, mainly even with his eye in. So I'd be more wanting to go with Neville for the ODI side. I wouldn't mind Paine being given the T20 gig - even as captain.

  • Moppa on October 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @Meety, I agree with your analysis of Wade's first-class vs limited overs form. I think with Victoria he has mostly opened in List A, at least recently, and I agree that being up and down the order in T20s and ODIs hasn't helped him. Whilst Warner and Watson are obvious choices to open, I think Wade would be better at 3 than 7 (freeing up Mike Hussey for his superman rescue efforts from somewhere like 5), and you could even take the approach of Warner and Wade opening, and if one gets out early, so be it, Watson comes in as a de facto opener anyway. Wade seems to struggle coming in and having to hit from ball 1, particularly against spin. I look forward to seeing him bat in a Test match to see what he's really made of - bring on the Gabba! Overall, I support Wade's selection but I think Paine is close behind, so he'll have to perform consistently, particularly in terms of not dropping catches.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    @ jeauxx on (October 29 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) - yes, I am reluctant to "write off" Wade's short form credentials. I am more saying that it appears (particularly if you compare FC to List A stats), that his batting is probably more suited to the longer game. It was probably about 18mths ago or so, that I thought Wade was more of a short form option. @ Chris_P on (October 29 2012, 21:12 PM GMT) - 41 games since February (for Oz alone). I think the article is quite right in saying Gilly didn't have to play all 3 formats all his International career & was still rotated (wisely). So with that in mind, I think that we should be casting the net around a bit in the short forms. If Wade is a premier keeper/batsmen than I want him available & in peak condition for EVERY test match. It would be an opportunity to give Paine, Hartley or Neville a cap or two. I reckon Wade's done a brilliant job coming back from the T20 W/cup - & was fairly well set when he got run out against Tassie!

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Meety - Agree that Steve Rixon has got to be a good influence. Reckon he probably collected more FC stumpings in his playing career than all of the current state keepers have combined, including Haddin.

  • Chris_P on October 29, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Workload & burnout is the hidden danger here. it never sneaks up, it hits you almost at once so for that fact alone, selectors should look at easing some of his workload. Certainly, there are plenty of options for T20, even ODI where he can share the workload with Paine & Nevill. We need these guys at peak condition when tests are due.

  • RandyOZ on October 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @ zenboomerang - couldnt agree more. Another bleedingly obvious article from Brydon. Come on mate put some effort into your articles.

  • jeauxx on October 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @Meety. Spot on once again. I remember when Wade made his T20 and ODI debuts. He hit it out of the park and looked the goods for all money. Then in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he looked bogged down and uncomfortable. I wouldn't write him off, since we know he can hit the sixes and play the big innings - and judging him solely on the Pak series is really not doing him justice. He had to come in and be expected to smack Saeed Ajmal, the best spinner in the world, for sixes in one of his first away tours. Ajmal makes even the best look feeble. England wasn't a good tour for him either, but then it wasn't for any of our batsman. Let's give Wade a few more series before we pass judgement.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ygkd on (October 29 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) - know what you mean, but I would be hoping he continues to improve & would hope by being a Test specialist, he will stay really sharp. I think what you said about Wade & keeping to Victoria's plethora of pace bowlers has truth to it, although Wade proved himself very well behind the stumps in the WIndies, which I think was a tough assignment. I think he'll do well with Steve Rixon around! As for what you said about spinners - I think alot of it comes down to the pitches. If you look at where a lot of the WIndies are going with their pitches, it's quite amazing that they are getting any quality pacers coming along & its certainly a fraction of their glory days, yet they have quite a few decent spinners coming thru!

  • Meety on October 31, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Moppa on (October 31 2012, 07:32 AM GMT) - good one, didn't know it was 3 tons as an opener! Regarding paine - I think the bloke would need a fair few injury-free matches to get the confidence back - where he isn't thinking about his finger. I have seen bits & pieces of Shield & Ryobi this year & he looked okay, (nothing that a non-expert would see as faulty), but he has fluffed the odd chance this season - (not easy ones). I think the selectors will be very reluctant to put any pressure on Wade about his place in the side. So I think he'd have to fall apart badly to not have a whole summer. I think his keeping was in the Windies - so I can't see it being a problem in India. He may need some help/training specific for England - based on ODI performance behind the stumps which was below everything else I'd seen of him.

  • Moppa on October 31, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @Meety, I did a bit of research on Wade's List A record. Of his 4 List A hundreds, 3 came as opener. He was promoted to opening during the 2010/11 season (after a hundred down at 6 or 7), and made 2 more that season as opener, and then another hundred opening in 2011/12. I haven't seen Paine at all this season, so interested to hear your observations. From what I've seen of him (before his latest injury), he has good footwork and is clean behind the stumps, as well as a good batting technique. Wade will almost certainly get this whole summer, and based on that either go to India and England or Paine might come into the picture (assuming he has a good Shield season, of course).

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @Moppa on (October 30 2012, 11:13 AM GMT) - I feel sorry for Paine, whilst I think the selectors are doing everything to give him a shot, I THINK he is not an immediate threat to Wade. Paine is supposed to be the superior keeper, but he has been a touch shaky since coming back from injury & I think the selectors will want a year out of him before thinking about selecting him. I think in Tests, with some question marks around the batting, his superior batting is a big advantage. I agree that Wade seems to like to get a sighter before he gets going. He has batted @ #4 for Victoria a lot in List A, so I don't know that opening was always going to be the best spot. Problem with Paine as an ODI opening batsmen is that he is a lot slower, mainly even with his eye in. So I'd be more wanting to go with Neville for the ODI side. I wouldn't mind Paine being given the T20 gig - even as captain.

  • Moppa on October 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @Meety, I agree with your analysis of Wade's first-class vs limited overs form. I think with Victoria he has mostly opened in List A, at least recently, and I agree that being up and down the order in T20s and ODIs hasn't helped him. Whilst Warner and Watson are obvious choices to open, I think Wade would be better at 3 than 7 (freeing up Mike Hussey for his superman rescue efforts from somewhere like 5), and you could even take the approach of Warner and Wade opening, and if one gets out early, so be it, Watson comes in as a de facto opener anyway. Wade seems to struggle coming in and having to hit from ball 1, particularly against spin. I look forward to seeing him bat in a Test match to see what he's really made of - bring on the Gabba! Overall, I support Wade's selection but I think Paine is close behind, so he'll have to perform consistently, particularly in terms of not dropping catches.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    @ jeauxx on (October 29 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) - yes, I am reluctant to "write off" Wade's short form credentials. I am more saying that it appears (particularly if you compare FC to List A stats), that his batting is probably more suited to the longer game. It was probably about 18mths ago or so, that I thought Wade was more of a short form option. @ Chris_P on (October 29 2012, 21:12 PM GMT) - 41 games since February (for Oz alone). I think the article is quite right in saying Gilly didn't have to play all 3 formats all his International career & was still rotated (wisely). So with that in mind, I think that we should be casting the net around a bit in the short forms. If Wade is a premier keeper/batsmen than I want him available & in peak condition for EVERY test match. It would be an opportunity to give Paine, Hartley or Neville a cap or two. I reckon Wade's done a brilliant job coming back from the T20 W/cup - & was fairly well set when he got run out against Tassie!

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Meety - Agree that Steve Rixon has got to be a good influence. Reckon he probably collected more FC stumpings in his playing career than all of the current state keepers have combined, including Haddin.

  • Chris_P on October 29, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Workload & burnout is the hidden danger here. it never sneaks up, it hits you almost at once so for that fact alone, selectors should look at easing some of his workload. Certainly, there are plenty of options for T20, even ODI where he can share the workload with Paine & Nevill. We need these guys at peak condition when tests are due.

  • RandyOZ on October 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @ zenboomerang - couldnt agree more. Another bleedingly obvious article from Brydon. Come on mate put some effort into your articles.

  • jeauxx on October 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @Meety. Spot on once again. I remember when Wade made his T20 and ODI debuts. He hit it out of the park and looked the goods for all money. Then in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he looked bogged down and uncomfortable. I wouldn't write him off, since we know he can hit the sixes and play the big innings - and judging him solely on the Pak series is really not doing him justice. He had to come in and be expected to smack Saeed Ajmal, the best spinner in the world, for sixes in one of his first away tours. Ajmal makes even the best look feeble. England wasn't a good tour for him either, but then it wasn't for any of our batsman. Let's give Wade a few more series before we pass judgement.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ygkd on (October 29 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) - know what you mean, but I would be hoping he continues to improve & would hope by being a Test specialist, he will stay really sharp. I think what you said about Wade & keeping to Victoria's plethora of pace bowlers has truth to it, although Wade proved himself very well behind the stumps in the WIndies, which I think was a tough assignment. I think he'll do well with Steve Rixon around! As for what you said about spinners - I think alot of it comes down to the pitches. If you look at where a lot of the WIndies are going with their pitches, it's quite amazing that they are getting any quality pacers coming along & its certainly a fraction of their glory days, yet they have quite a few decent spinners coming thru!

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    It really is a simple premise. If you want quality spin in the future, you need up-and-coming spinners to get games under their belt (and not 12th-man spots), overs under their belt (and not just after the pacemen are worn out), experience on helpful decks, experience under decent captains with helpful field-settings - but the one additional thing that is basically never mentioned is the necessity for quality keeping up at the stumps. I can remember times when Warne flummoxed Healy, but they were rare enough times and so they should be.

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Wade's keeping has improved over the past few years, but still needs work to spin if Australia is again to rule in that bowling department. The problem is Victoria have relied on pace for some years now with Holland hardly getting a run and Maxwell more of a slow bowler. The one who I reckon gets into the best position to the spinners is the ex-Victorian Tim Ludeman, but then he, as far as I know, modelled himself somewhat on Ian Healy. Healy's mantra was move your feet to get to the ball if at all possible rather than dive and his glovework had a not inconsiderable say in Shane Warne's success. My problem with Meety's suggestion of making Wade a 5-day specialist is that his keeping at present seems to me better suited to the shorter versions. Test keepers should be bullet-proof keeping to spin. Oherwise, it is academic whether Australia wants doosra bowlers or not, we won't see them coming on if their glovemen peers don't get a message that keeping well to spin is absolutely required.

  • Reverend-Cavalier on October 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    He is a good cricketer. He won't let Australia down...ask Brad Haddin.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Wade is a funny cricketer. A lot of people myself included, have felt that he was a dashing type of batsmen, but the reality he isn't . In light of the article saying he has already played 41 matches this year (staggering stat which really translates to about 53 days of cricket), I would hate for him to get any degree of burnout. I think he is a bloke that is improving as a batsmen, & as a keeper, so I would like to see him rotated a bit in ODIs & ultimately quit T20s soon. I think Oz should use T20s to blood back up keepers - Paine obviously comes to mind, but maybe a Ludeman or Triffett as well. For ODIs - I'd look at Paine & Neville given a few games in home ODIs - when they don't have domestic commitments. I say this because I am starting to think that Wade is not as suited to ODIs/T20s as I once thought. Wade has been hampered by being yo-yo'd up & down the ODI batting order. Just thinking that keeping may be the best place outside of pace bowling to rotate players?

  • zenboomerang on October 29, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... Of course Wade isn't worried about workload - at 24 he will relish this very rare opportunity to cement his Test place in the team at still a relatively young age... If he handles this summer well, he could easily be the keeper for 10 years to come... He has the chance to set a bit of personal history into Oz cricket - good luck to him... I wouldn't be surprised to see Paine being included into some of the ODI games in the future to keep workload at a reasonable rate... If Wade does well I think this is the end for Haddin as there is little future in keeping him around as even more keepers are developing in SS atm...

  • on October 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I like his enthusiasm, and I don't doubt the fact that he can do the job, but I just don't like the idea of one player holding that kind of top job for all three formats... In my opinion it's just going to lead to the traditional Australian player burnout/meltdown.

    I also feel sorry for Haddin, who really has been discarded here...

  • PFEL on October 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Australia will dominate at the gabba. SA will bat first and get bundled out for 250ish, then Ponting/Clarke/Hussey will settle down for long stays

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  • PFEL on October 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Australia will dominate at the gabba. SA will bat first and get bundled out for 250ish, then Ponting/Clarke/Hussey will settle down for long stays

  • on October 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I like his enthusiasm, and I don't doubt the fact that he can do the job, but I just don't like the idea of one player holding that kind of top job for all three formats... In my opinion it's just going to lead to the traditional Australian player burnout/meltdown.

    I also feel sorry for Haddin, who really has been discarded here...

  • zenboomerang on October 29, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... Of course Wade isn't worried about workload - at 24 he will relish this very rare opportunity to cement his Test place in the team at still a relatively young age... If he handles this summer well, he could easily be the keeper for 10 years to come... He has the chance to set a bit of personal history into Oz cricket - good luck to him... I wouldn't be surprised to see Paine being included into some of the ODI games in the future to keep workload at a reasonable rate... If Wade does well I think this is the end for Haddin as there is little future in keeping him around as even more keepers are developing in SS atm...

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Wade is a funny cricketer. A lot of people myself included, have felt that he was a dashing type of batsmen, but the reality he isn't . In light of the article saying he has already played 41 matches this year (staggering stat which really translates to about 53 days of cricket), I would hate for him to get any degree of burnout. I think he is a bloke that is improving as a batsmen, & as a keeper, so I would like to see him rotated a bit in ODIs & ultimately quit T20s soon. I think Oz should use T20s to blood back up keepers - Paine obviously comes to mind, but maybe a Ludeman or Triffett as well. For ODIs - I'd look at Paine & Neville given a few games in home ODIs - when they don't have domestic commitments. I say this because I am starting to think that Wade is not as suited to ODIs/T20s as I once thought. Wade has been hampered by being yo-yo'd up & down the ODI batting order. Just thinking that keeping may be the best place outside of pace bowling to rotate players?

  • Reverend-Cavalier on October 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    He is a good cricketer. He won't let Australia down...ask Brad Haddin.

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Wade's keeping has improved over the past few years, but still needs work to spin if Australia is again to rule in that bowling department. The problem is Victoria have relied on pace for some years now with Holland hardly getting a run and Maxwell more of a slow bowler. The one who I reckon gets into the best position to the spinners is the ex-Victorian Tim Ludeman, but then he, as far as I know, modelled himself somewhat on Ian Healy. Healy's mantra was move your feet to get to the ball if at all possible rather than dive and his glovework had a not inconsiderable say in Shane Warne's success. My problem with Meety's suggestion of making Wade a 5-day specialist is that his keeping at present seems to me better suited to the shorter versions. Test keepers should be bullet-proof keeping to spin. Oherwise, it is academic whether Australia wants doosra bowlers or not, we won't see them coming on if their glovemen peers don't get a message that keeping well to spin is absolutely required.

  • ygkd on October 29, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    It really is a simple premise. If you want quality spin in the future, you need up-and-coming spinners to get games under their belt (and not 12th-man spots), overs under their belt (and not just after the pacemen are worn out), experience on helpful decks, experience under decent captains with helpful field-settings - but the one additional thing that is basically never mentioned is the necessity for quality keeping up at the stumps. I can remember times when Warne flummoxed Healy, but they were rare enough times and so they should be.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @ygkd on (October 29 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) - know what you mean, but I would be hoping he continues to improve & would hope by being a Test specialist, he will stay really sharp. I think what you said about Wade & keeping to Victoria's plethora of pace bowlers has truth to it, although Wade proved himself very well behind the stumps in the WIndies, which I think was a tough assignment. I think he'll do well with Steve Rixon around! As for what you said about spinners - I think alot of it comes down to the pitches. If you look at where a lot of the WIndies are going with their pitches, it's quite amazing that they are getting any quality pacers coming along & its certainly a fraction of their glory days, yet they have quite a few decent spinners coming thru!

  • jeauxx on October 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @Meety. Spot on once again. I remember when Wade made his T20 and ODI debuts. He hit it out of the park and looked the goods for all money. Then in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he looked bogged down and uncomfortable. I wouldn't write him off, since we know he can hit the sixes and play the big innings - and judging him solely on the Pak series is really not doing him justice. He had to come in and be expected to smack Saeed Ajmal, the best spinner in the world, for sixes in one of his first away tours. Ajmal makes even the best look feeble. England wasn't a good tour for him either, but then it wasn't for any of our batsman. Let's give Wade a few more series before we pass judgement.

  • RandyOZ on October 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @ zenboomerang - couldnt agree more. Another bleedingly obvious article from Brydon. Come on mate put some effort into your articles.