The Investec Ashes 2013 July 25, 2013

Wade bids to play as a batsman

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David Warner drastically improved his chances of taking part in the Investec Ashes over the course of a single innings for Australia A in South Africa. Now Matthew Wade is earnestly hoping to do the same, under the noses of the national selectors in the tour match against Sussex.

Warner's effort, a blistering 193, has provided inspiration for the rest of Australia's bedraggled squad even if it was made 7,000 miles away. Until that innings the nation's batting had been a laughing stock for the best part of four days, but Warner has at least provided some indication for the rest of what is possible with a little confidence.

So far on tour, Wade has been less a member of the team than the answer to a trivia question: which man apart from Michael Clarke has made a Test century in 2013? Wade's quite brilliant hundred against Sri Lanka at the SCG has since faded from view after he ceded his wicketkeeping position to the vice-captain Brad Haddin.

Nonetheless, the travails of the batsmen at Trent Bridge and Lord's have offered Wade a glimmer of opportunity and, like Warner, he is hoping to barge his way into calculations by rattling to a large score at Hove - not that he is thinking too far ahead of course.

"Any batsman who goes out and dominates and gets 150 or 200 will have a chance to play," Wade said. "But I haven't spoken to anyone about a spot coming up. I'm just excited to have a game of cricket because I've been on the sidelines for a few weeks. To go into a game thinking those sort of things is wrong thing to do. If you go into a game thinking if I get runs I will play the Test match it won't do you any good."

Wade's keeping has been the cause for most concern over his brief Test match career, but his batting is highly regarded. On several occasions when he was still a selector, the captain Michael Clarke suggested Wade would contend for a place as a batsman alone, and it is one after-effect of Adam Gilchrist's influential career that most wicketkeepers have almost had to consider themselves batsmen first.

"Gilchrist ruined it for everyone," Wade said with a laugh. "It's like being an allrounder. I feel comfortable where I'm at with keeping and batting. When I got dropped I went up to the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane for six-eight weeks and worked really hard with Ian Healy. I was going up for a couple of days at a time and did a lot of work with him and Hadds was there as well. It felt like I came a long way in that period. I was here in England for the ODIs and felt my keeping was going pretty well. Fingers crossed things keep going in that direction."

Watching from the boundary's edge, Wade has been greatly impressed by England's bowling, the best he has seen around the world so far. But he harked back to memories of the home Tests against South Africa in late 2012 for a reminder that Australia can bat should conditions and confidence dovetail effectively.

"It's been terrific and world class bowling," Wade said of England. "It's the best I've seen in the 18 months I've been around Test cricket. We knew their bowlers would be hard work. I'd love to have an opportunity to have a crack at them. We played South Africa in Australia and didn't find too many problems scoring 400-500 in an innings. Wickets were different and we have to adjust. We have to find a way. It's not impossible. We have all scored runs against very good players before."

As for the wider questions about why Australia's batting had deteriorated, Wade agreed with Usman Khawaja that the increase in the number of green Sheffield Shield pitches had been a significant factor. "First-class cricket has been hard work over past couple of years to score big runs. Pitches have not been ideal," Wade said. "They have been greener than previously and that is an issue for batmen hitting big hundreds. It is not a technical issue that players have not been scoring big runs.

"It has been great for bowlers. Batting wise it is harder but a good challenge. Everyone talks about batsmen getting big hundreds, 200s and 250s but that is a big ask in games that are only going two and a half or three days."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Cricket_Froth on July 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Matt Wade is Australia's next wicket keeper, likely to take this place in the within 12 months. He should not be picked as a batsmen. I believe CA and the selectors harmed Wade's development by batting him at 5 and 6 in the India series. Wicket keepers should bat at 7. They have a huge responsibility with the gloves and when you're still developing that part of your game, and Wade is, it is too much to ask to have the guy bat in the 6. To bat in the 6 you simply MUST score runs, it's non-negotiable. Matt Prior averages 44 and bats at 7, Adam Gilchrist averages high 40s and batted at 7. We should say to Wade, become the best keeper you can, bat at 7 and if you get us 30odd and learn to bat well down the order we'll be very pleased. The guy will prosper then and may get even better with the bat!

  • Sunil_Batra on July 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Warner is ahead of Wade. He was sent away to think about his indiscretions and earn his way back into the test side. It appears from this knock he is doing all he can. Rogers deserves his spot but he is not a long term solution so Warner may slot in for him if he fails in the next test. For wade its simple, work on your keeping lad, you are a keeper batsman and not a batsman. I would like to see Rogers, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Hughes/Warner for the 3rd test depening on how Hughes goes, if he does well then he plays and if not then Warner comes in for him.

  • dinom on July 26, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Wade should concentrate on his keeping first and batting second...he should make himself ready to replace Haddin, who is already getting too old. 3rd test: Watson, Rodgers, Khawaja, Hughes, Clarke, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Harris, Bird, Lyon Lyon should be given a chance, Agar is still very inexperience. Bird should be given a chance, now that Pattinson is out. Warner should be given a chance to redeem himself, he can provide support to Lyon too.

  • shawndavisalexander on July 26, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Why is Marcus North been dropped? I know he only averages 35 but 5 centuries from 21 matches....he always seemed to get runs whenever Ive seen him and hes a proven FC performer

  • Dr.Qwert on July 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_is_Better: Sangakarra kept for quite a long time while batting up the order. AB de Villiers is currently a gloveman and #5. At the end of the day it's just a matter of how important runs are compared to maybe the occasional extra mistake. In the current Australian team, it's all about maximising the output of the batting line-up.

  • CapitalMarkets on July 26, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_is_Better clearly you have very fixed ideas about the keeper's place in the batting, but nothing is as certain as this. I remember the great Farokh Engineer who opened the batting for India. His 86 in their first innings at Lords in 1974 lit up the match, together with Bishan Bedi's multicoloured patkas. Unfortunately (for the contest) the England batsmen had by then worked out how to propsper against the spinners and lost heavily. But the point that I'm making is that a wicketkeeper should bat whereever in the order is appropriate for his approach. Engineer was an attack minded opener who averaged 31 in test matches. This seems low today (although it is around about what some of the Australian specialist batsmen average) but made him one of the best Indian batsmen in the 1970s. India were a weaker side than they have been in the past decade, without a genuinely fast bowler and playing three or four spinners. One of their medium pacers, Solkar, also opened the batting.

  • Flash_hard27 on July 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Yes please, another T20 slogger with no technique for test cricket. 3 - 0 coming up.

  • cbs.rajesh on July 26, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Wade may still have to wait. The most likely 11 for Australia in the next Ashes test is Watson, Rogers, Khwaja, Clarke, Warner, Smith, Haddin, Faulkner, Siddle, Lyon, Harris

  • spindizzy on July 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Why does everyone forget that Haddin's batting AND keeping was why he was dropped. He's never been a good keeper and he's a bad team influence. If he wasn't from NSW he would never have been considered. He's already ignored a stack of chances.

  • Spong13 on July 26, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Yeah and Haddin's been a real success hasn't he? How many times did he stand and look at 1st slip as the ball sailed between them.

    He's older, his batting is worse and his keeping no better than Wade's.

    I can also recall Haddin throwing his wicket away on plenty of occasions.

    Just face up to facts, Australia are getting beaten by better sides. We have a bunch of very average players being led by an average leader.

  • Cricket_Froth on July 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Matt Wade is Australia's next wicket keeper, likely to take this place in the within 12 months. He should not be picked as a batsmen. I believe CA and the selectors harmed Wade's development by batting him at 5 and 6 in the India series. Wicket keepers should bat at 7. They have a huge responsibility with the gloves and when you're still developing that part of your game, and Wade is, it is too much to ask to have the guy bat in the 6. To bat in the 6 you simply MUST score runs, it's non-negotiable. Matt Prior averages 44 and bats at 7, Adam Gilchrist averages high 40s and batted at 7. We should say to Wade, become the best keeper you can, bat at 7 and if you get us 30odd and learn to bat well down the order we'll be very pleased. The guy will prosper then and may get even better with the bat!

  • Sunil_Batra on July 25, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Warner is ahead of Wade. He was sent away to think about his indiscretions and earn his way back into the test side. It appears from this knock he is doing all he can. Rogers deserves his spot but he is not a long term solution so Warner may slot in for him if he fails in the next test. For wade its simple, work on your keeping lad, you are a keeper batsman and not a batsman. I would like to see Rogers, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Hughes/Warner for the 3rd test depening on how Hughes goes, if he does well then he plays and if not then Warner comes in for him.

  • dinom on July 26, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Wade should concentrate on his keeping first and batting second...he should make himself ready to replace Haddin, who is already getting too old. 3rd test: Watson, Rodgers, Khawaja, Hughes, Clarke, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Harris, Bird, Lyon Lyon should be given a chance, Agar is still very inexperience. Bird should be given a chance, now that Pattinson is out. Warner should be given a chance to redeem himself, he can provide support to Lyon too.

  • shawndavisalexander on July 26, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Why is Marcus North been dropped? I know he only averages 35 but 5 centuries from 21 matches....he always seemed to get runs whenever Ive seen him and hes a proven FC performer

  • Dr.Qwert on July 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_is_Better: Sangakarra kept for quite a long time while batting up the order. AB de Villiers is currently a gloveman and #5. At the end of the day it's just a matter of how important runs are compared to maybe the occasional extra mistake. In the current Australian team, it's all about maximising the output of the batting line-up.

  • CapitalMarkets on July 26, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    @Test_Cricket_is_Better clearly you have very fixed ideas about the keeper's place in the batting, but nothing is as certain as this. I remember the great Farokh Engineer who opened the batting for India. His 86 in their first innings at Lords in 1974 lit up the match, together with Bishan Bedi's multicoloured patkas. Unfortunately (for the contest) the England batsmen had by then worked out how to propsper against the spinners and lost heavily. But the point that I'm making is that a wicketkeeper should bat whereever in the order is appropriate for his approach. Engineer was an attack minded opener who averaged 31 in test matches. This seems low today (although it is around about what some of the Australian specialist batsmen average) but made him one of the best Indian batsmen in the 1970s. India were a weaker side than they have been in the past decade, without a genuinely fast bowler and playing three or four spinners. One of their medium pacers, Solkar, also opened the batting.

  • Flash_hard27 on July 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Yes please, another T20 slogger with no technique for test cricket. 3 - 0 coming up.

  • cbs.rajesh on July 26, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Wade may still have to wait. The most likely 11 for Australia in the next Ashes test is Watson, Rogers, Khwaja, Clarke, Warner, Smith, Haddin, Faulkner, Siddle, Lyon, Harris

  • spindizzy on July 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Why does everyone forget that Haddin's batting AND keeping was why he was dropped. He's never been a good keeper and he's a bad team influence. If he wasn't from NSW he would never have been considered. He's already ignored a stack of chances.

  • Spong13 on July 26, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Yeah and Haddin's been a real success hasn't he? How many times did he stand and look at 1st slip as the ball sailed between them.

    He's older, his batting is worse and his keeping no better than Wade's.

    I can also recall Haddin throwing his wicket away on plenty of occasions.

    Just face up to facts, Australia are getting beaten by better sides. We have a bunch of very average players being led by an average leader.

  • landl47 on July 26, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Australia are in danger of doing what England did in the 1990s- falling into the 'try anything' mode. If they keep on making changes, bringing in new people, shuffling the batting order, then no-one ever feels comfortable and they become easy pickings for a settled side in which everyone knows his role.

    Starc has been replaced by Harris, Cowan by Khawaja. Only the openers and Haddin have batted in the same position in all 4 innings. Even dropping the established spinner, Lyon, and putting in young Agar smacked of desperation and, well as he batted in his first innings, his 2 wickets @124 compared with Swann's 13 @22 has been one of the big differences between the sides.

    Now one change is forced by Patto's injury, there's talk of Warner coming back in and Wade wants to play as a batsman. Replace Agar with Lyon and more than half the side will have changed from the first test to the third.

    A side which doesn't know its best 6 players, let alone 11, is officially in disarray.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 26, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    It looks like those early rumours were true. I will repeat them again. Pattinson and Hughes out, Wade and Lyon in - for the 3rd test. Wade will play as wicket keeper while Haddin will play as a specialist batsman. Trent Copeland is being flown in to replace Pattinson in the squad and Warner will come in for the 4th test, though who he is replacing is unsure - probably Haddin.

  • smokem on July 26, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    @ ElusoryDolphinArm

    If you had read the article, they're not talking just about "green" wickets... They're talking about wickets having their own characteristics. Fast and bouncy at the WACA and GABBA, turner at SCG (day 1 even), Adelaide a batting paradise that takes turn in the last few days and MCG which is somewhere between Adelaide and the SCG. They are saying all the wickets now all play very similar to each other. So it doesn't help them to hone the variety of skills needed to play in a range of conditions, like it used to... Not a bad point I thought.

  • Rowayton on July 26, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    When players are talking about green wickets, I give you NSW V SA at Adelaide in February. 36 wickets fell for 664, of which 32 went to seamers - at Adelaide at the end of summer! Adelaide used to be one of the best wickets in the world - good fast bowlers could do well there, batsmen scored runs, and it was good for spinners later on. That's the sort of wicket we want, not a road, and not a green top. In my local comp last year I saw one wicket where you could just about only tell where it was because of the lines painted. Never seen such a green pitch in my life. I seriously wonder about some groundsmen these days - do they just make them look nice, without knowing anything about cricket?

  • Eyepop on July 26, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I think it was a backward step to bring Haddin back as keeper VC. It was a panic move before the ashes series commenced and shows the nature of the selection of the Aus Team in the last few years being on a whim and so choppy changey. Bring in new guys that show potential, take them back out, bring them back in, make them 12th man... No disrespect to Haddin as a player, he is reasonably solid, but when you have a young talented and committed wicki/batsman, playing him in all 5 'big games' is surely a way of actually rebuilding the Australian team and moving forward. What feels right (Sussex game pending) is: Watson Rogers Khawaja Warner Clarke Smith Wade Agar Siddle Harris Bird.

  • 2MikeGattings on July 25, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Wade must be in with a shout. The standard of Haddin's keeping has clearly declined. So far in the series Haddin has twice let catches go past between himself and 1st slip, and has let through 23 byes. He is also at least partly responsible for poor use of DRS in the field.

  • on July 25, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    I can't believe I am going to say this, given I believe the selection of Richie Robinson as a batsman the worst ever Australian selection. but, there is logic here, but it's misfounded. I say two things: (a) Haddin is not a better keeper than HAddin, those two he let go to slip when he needed to nab them were crucial. (b) Haddin's knock at Trent Bridge was as solid as any Australian has looked against ANderson for years.

    pick HADDIN as the specialist bat and open with him. drop Watson and Rogers. Bring Warner in. drop Agar. that's it.

  • pat_one_back on July 25, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Warner has to come back in and should surely be batting at 3 with his aggressive approach, Khawaja is green and we'll be better served by him batting lower. Bird in for Patto and we've probably got our tightest bowling and best possible batting line up, Warner at least averages 40+ and there's hardly much to live up to at no 3 for Aust these days!

  • ElusoryDolphinArm on July 25, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    I'm a little confused by Khawajas and Wades comments on green Shield wickets resulting in a batting decline. Better technique = bigger scores? They're just not good enough. Wade will not fare any better than the others, there is a reason he is not already in the team (which is saying alot)

  • tenfan on July 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    It more like Mathew Fade (and not Wade) as of now. I don't think he has any chance to get into XI soon. The only change possible in the batting line up is Warner in place Smith. Lyon will come in place of Agar and Starc (or Bird) for Pattinson.

  • Raki99 on July 25, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Wade playing as a batsman would be a joke. Again Eng are far superior or second best right now is because of the fact that their top order bats well but the even their taillenders contribute significantly.

  • neverleaveit on July 25, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Openers don't have to be glamorous or fashionable, they just need to deaden and ideally frustrate the attack. Number 3 is the glamourpus (think Dean Jones, Ponting, Jacques Kallis etc...) How about Cowan, Rogers, Watson, Clark, Warner, Smith, Haddin/Wade. Bowling, we need Bird. Someone who can keep a tight line and build pressure.

  • T1Tareq on July 25, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Just bringing back Warner may not help; the conditions in England require more discipline. The current England team is excellent at home and quite good abroad; their batting order is sound and as long as Anderson & Swann are delivering, Australia will have little chance. It is hard to take in the fact how low the Aussie batting has fallen...

    Sometimes you will wonder that with a weak team, they will be very sound about choosing their best players; but they can't even do that. Actually Australia is now paying the price of neglecting the talents of Katich, Hodge, DJ Hussey, and other proven first-class performers during the last five/six years while the new players were coming up....age should not be a factor if you can keep producing the goods.

    You truly know that things are not right when Lyon (our best spinner available) and Bird haven't been picked yet and we have to rely on the likes of Steve Smith for runs and Matthew Wade thinks he is good enough to be a specialist batsman...

  • ShivaCT on July 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I'm not sure why the Australians are complaining about bowler-friendly pitches for Shield games being one of the reasons for the bastmen to have performed as they have in these Ashes. Personally speaking, cricket has lately come to resemble a slug-fest where batsmen simply have to plonk their foot down and swing away. The bowlers, especially the fast bowlers, have had little to no purchase on most wickets across the world. For them to get friendly pitches on which to ply their trade is, in my opinion, a good thing. Let the batsmen show what they are made of on these pitches. Prove your worth as a batsman when the bowler is making the ball talk. After all, nobody said batting was easy. Plus, bowlers have endured for far too long with little to no help from the surfaces they bowl on. What is it they say about payback? :)

  • SirViv1973 on July 25, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Lehman has gone on record to say that Aus will not be making wholesale changes. Therefore I don't see there being more than one change in the batting line up. If Aus do make 1 change it will be Warner coming in. Should that happen I think he will return in the middle & not at the top. I think the openers are safe for 1 more game at least. Watson has had his critics & It might just be his ability to bowl which is keeping him in the XI. As for the rest Kawalja will surely be given a run in the side now & Smith's leggies will also come in handy at OT so you would think he'll stay in, that leaves Hughes who to my mind looks the most vulnerable. Much may depend on how he goes against Sussex this w.e as to whether it will be he or Warner playing at OT. In regards to Wade, even if he scores big I can't see him coming in yet, there is another game against Northants before the 5th test, if he gets runs in both tour games & Aus continue to struggle he may get a chance at the oval.

  • usernames on July 25, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Rogers, Warner, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Watson, Haddin, Harris, Siddle, Bird, Lyon it would be, for me.

  • on July 25, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    The Aussies should pick Wade as a batsman. He's better than most of the current crop. He already has as many test centuries as Shane Watson!

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on July 25, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    He is not good enough with the bat and wont last against Anderson and Swann. He couldn't be any worse than Haddin with the gloves though and will put a higher price on his wicket than Brad as well who is too risky

  • RandyOZ on July 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    It's a battle between Hughes, Smith, Wade and Warner for the last two batting spots. If Hughes and Smith go alright they won't change the lineup.

  • on July 25, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Hmm.. interesting.. Wade talking about the SA series. The same series where Australia shamelessly prepared flattest of tracks to negate Steyn, Morkel and company for the 1st 2 tests. The same series where on the one track that was sporting, Australia got the living daylights hammered out of them. The same series where Australia lost without winning a single test match. Where there self hyped bowling failed to take 20 wickets. Wade looks up to that series to gove an example of how good Aussies can be. Very interesting indeed.

  • willu024 on July 25, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Im not sure why the Australians keep complaining about the green pitches in shield cricket. In New Zealand we grow up playing on green tops. This promotes good technique and patience, as seen by Kane Williamson(although he is not the best in the world he has incredible patience). The Australian batsman seem to lack discipline and play at balls that they shouldn't, they try to drive on the up against the quality bowling which perplexes me. It annoys me that Australia complains about green tops when England are playing on exactly the same pitch but score more runs than Australia, as demonstrated by England who scored 350 odd on a Lord's pitch where the par was meant to be 400 but outscored the aussies by 250+ runs when the Australians have the better of the first innings conditions. I think it is time Australia stopped making excuses and realised that their batsman are not suited to tough conditions such as green tops because they have been brought up on roads and theirbatsmanlackcalibre

  • chaddock on July 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I'd go with: Rogers, Warner, Hughes, Smith, Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Agar, Siddle, Lyon, Harris, in that order. Khawaja looks petrified by Swann. Hughes has been unlucky, but did fine in the First Test and deserves a final chance. Including two spinners will require Watson to do a decent workload, so he should slot down the order - he bats like an all-rounder, not a specialist bat, anyway. I actually think Australia will do well, this coming match.

  • MarkLotter on July 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    In the SA series, Clarke was in a magical vein of form that's why Aus posted 400-500.

  • on July 25, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Australian pitches are too much fast bowlers friendly. there are so many batsmen who have struggled to make hundreds. the shield teams pick 4 quicks and a spinner is also not given opportunity. therefore the Australian batsmen cant play spin and cant score hundreds. cricket Australia should urge shield teams to prepare a pitch which gives opportunity for batsmen to score runs as well as wickets.

  • Iddo555 on July 25, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    You don't want flat tracks that make batsmen look good and in the same way you don't want green seamers that make average bowlers look good.

    Cricket is best when the pitches are fair to both bat and ball. Tracks that when you bowl well, you will get wickets, bat well and you will get runs. Australia also need pitches that will turn on day 4 and 5 to give the spinners something to play with.

    Make cricket an even contest and the cream will rise to the top. It's not rocket science

  • on July 25, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    @jmcilhinney warner averages 40 in test cricket which is way better than hughes, cowan, rogers, Watson and smith. he did have a poor series in india but he is second best batsmen in Australian team after Clarke and he deserves to play for Australia. khawaja, warner, Clarke and haddin should be retained in the next ashes series but I would like to see some new batsmen given chance. Watson, hughes, smith and rogers need to make runs otherwise they might be dropped. alex doolan, Jordan silk, shaun marsh, glenn Maxwell, tim paine, nic maddinson may push for selection if they perform in Sheffield shield next season.

  • on July 25, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Wade is a fine keeper/batsman. But come on we need real batsmen if we are going to make a differance!

  • Barnesy4444 on July 25, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    There is really nobody screaming "pick me, pick me", including Wade. Smith will probably make way for Warner at 6, other than that I can't see them changing the batting line up too much for the third test.

  • PFEL on July 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Playing as a batsman would be good for Wade. Then he wouldn't have to worry about how he is a terrible keeper.

  • Flemo_Gilly on July 25, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I think with Warner getting runs Wade drops down the pecking order. Keep in mind that all 6 members have got 50s this series. Hughes made 70 odd in the first test and so did Smith and Khawaja got a fighting 50 in the last innings in tough conditions. I would not put Wade above the likes of Smith, Khawaja and Warner because these guys are full time batsman whereas Wade's only position really is as keeper once Haddin retires. What he needs to do is work on his glovework as that wasn't up to par the last time around.

  • Batmanindallas on July 25, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Haddin has not contributed with the bat, not sure why Wade was dropped. Is he a poor batsman compared to say Smith or Hughes or Watson

  • jmcilhinney on July 25, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    I do wonder at the value of Warner's innings in SA. An innings of that size is always impressive but whether it indicates a likelihood of success against is another matter. If he tries to blaze away at Old Trafford then he may get a few while his luck holds but it's unlikely to hold for long. What Australia need is batsmen who are able to knuckle down and grind it out through the tough periods and Warner hasn't shown that he can do that. If Australia were considering him for the third Test then I would have thought that they'd want to play him against Sussex. That still wouldn't necessarily prove anything (some bats did well in the warmups before Trent Bridge too) but it would still be worth more than runs made limited-overs style in completely different conditions.

  • Amith_S on July 25, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Wade needs to focus on his keeping and not his batting. Smith, Warner and Khawaja will be the young batsman we will look to get this series back on track. Khawaja looked fantastic last game and i have been impressed with the improvement Smith has shown. Also really hoping that Watson converts the 30s into a big one as a firing watson is great for us.

  • bobbo2 on July 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Should be the keeper. Still has wok to do but no worse than Haddin and he values his wicket more.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 25, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Regardless of the fact that he may not play, it's good to see that he has the hunger and wants to put pressure on others. It's good to start to have that competition around spots again. As for the pitches, i think the fact that Warner and Maxwell both got BIG hundreds on a flat wicket in SA shows that our batsman have the ability but the pitches are hampering our batsmen's progress.

  • on July 25, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    matthew wade's keeping is very poor. he dropped plenty of catches against south Africa which cost us the series. his batting is very good but not good enough to play as specialist batsmen. im confident that few batsmen will score plenty in domestic cricket next season and play for Australia.

  • on July 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Yeah, totally not a good idea to drop the gloves or even be close to considered as a batsman. Being an avid Victorian and Australian cricket supporter, I can honestly say that Wade can't really bat... he's a wicket-keeper who can bat. He definitely doesn't deserve a spot in the team as he currently plays, even without the gloves. Haddin's got that, then Paine .. for me at least!

  • Dr.Qwert on July 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Only Clarke, Haddin and Hughes have scored more test centuries than Wade's 2 in the Aus top 7, all having played comfortably more tests. Only Clarke has a better average than Wade's 35, Haddin & Watson also have 35.

    It raises the question, if you forget that he could keep, would he have been dropped when Haddin came back in?

  • cozens on July 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    lovely...another leftie that Swann can have a bash at!

  • hmmmmm... on July 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    please no! this is not what we need....if he is better than haddin pick him but he is not a specialist batsman even when compared to the slim picking we have at the moment!

  • Chris_P on July 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I have been amongst his biggest critics with the gloves, but he does possess talent with the bat, not the most graceful, but is gritty & fights hard for his wicket. I believe he was included in the squad more for his batting rather than back-up keeping & I wish him the best against Sussex.

  • on July 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Hopefully they make some fair pitches with good contest between bat and ball... a bit in it for spinners too come day 4... how can our batsmen learn to play against decent spin if there isn't anything in it for the spinners. The pitches are terrible. I don't think Wade's batting is good enough to be selected as purely a batsmen... he likes to throw his wicket away with rash shots... He should look to improve his keeping if he wants to play for Australia again.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Fantastic - another short-format specialist wanting in! Is this seriously the only option left for Aus? Bring in as many '6-or-out' batsmen (Warner/Hughes/Wade being fine examples) as possible and just hope and pray that at least one of them has a lucky day?

    It's a good choice for Wade to give up the gloves though; Lyon certainly will be happy again!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 25, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Fantastic - another short-format specialist wanting in! Is this seriously the only option left for Aus? Bring in as many '6-or-out' batsmen (Warner/Hughes/Wade being fine examples) as possible and just hope and pray that at least one of them has a lucky day?

    It's a good choice for Wade to give up the gloves though; Lyon certainly will be happy again!

  • on July 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Hopefully they make some fair pitches with good contest between bat and ball... a bit in it for spinners too come day 4... how can our batsmen learn to play against decent spin if there isn't anything in it for the spinners. The pitches are terrible. I don't think Wade's batting is good enough to be selected as purely a batsmen... he likes to throw his wicket away with rash shots... He should look to improve his keeping if he wants to play for Australia again.

  • Chris_P on July 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I have been amongst his biggest critics with the gloves, but he does possess talent with the bat, not the most graceful, but is gritty & fights hard for his wicket. I believe he was included in the squad more for his batting rather than back-up keeping & I wish him the best against Sussex.

  • hmmmmm... on July 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    please no! this is not what we need....if he is better than haddin pick him but he is not a specialist batsman even when compared to the slim picking we have at the moment!

  • cozens on July 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    lovely...another leftie that Swann can have a bash at!

  • Dr.Qwert on July 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Only Clarke, Haddin and Hughes have scored more test centuries than Wade's 2 in the Aus top 7, all having played comfortably more tests. Only Clarke has a better average than Wade's 35, Haddin & Watson also have 35.

    It raises the question, if you forget that he could keep, would he have been dropped when Haddin came back in?

  • on July 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Yeah, totally not a good idea to drop the gloves or even be close to considered as a batsman. Being an avid Victorian and Australian cricket supporter, I can honestly say that Wade can't really bat... he's a wicket-keeper who can bat. He definitely doesn't deserve a spot in the team as he currently plays, even without the gloves. Haddin's got that, then Paine .. for me at least!

  • on July 25, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    matthew wade's keeping is very poor. he dropped plenty of catches against south Africa which cost us the series. his batting is very good but not good enough to play as specialist batsmen. im confident that few batsmen will score plenty in domestic cricket next season and play for Australia.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 25, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Regardless of the fact that he may not play, it's good to see that he has the hunger and wants to put pressure on others. It's good to start to have that competition around spots again. As for the pitches, i think the fact that Warner and Maxwell both got BIG hundreds on a flat wicket in SA shows that our batsman have the ability but the pitches are hampering our batsmen's progress.

  • bobbo2 on July 25, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Should be the keeper. Still has wok to do but no worse than Haddin and he values his wicket more.