Australia in England 2012 June 25, 2012

Wade out to cement wicketkeeper position

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A word of warning to England, Brad Haddin and Tim Paine: Matthew Wade is out to make the Australia wicketkeeper's spot his own on this tour. As Michael Clarke's team prepared for what is expected to be a testing warm-up against a strong Essex team at Chelmsford on Tuesday, Wade said he was not simply in England for a first glimpse of the northern sun and softer, seaming pitches, and intended to make himself indispensable for future assignments.

Having earned his way into the ODI and Twenty20 teams over the past 12 months, Wade added the Test berth in the West Indies, deputising for Haddin after he flew home to be with his ill daughter. Wade grew impressively in poise and performance across the Caribbean trip, culminating in a century to clinch the Test series for the visitors in Dominica. Compelling as it was, Wade remains wary of others ready to take the spot back.

And they will be after his place should Wade have one poor tour or match: Haddin retained his Cricket Australia contract and will be considered for Australia's next Test match, against South Africa in Brisbane in November. Paine, meanwhile, has shrugged off a serious finger fracture and will don the gloves for Australia A against England Lions after the ODIs have concluded.

"Experience over here is a big thing for me, but I want to play well over here, I don't want to just get the experience," Wade said at Lord's. "I struggled early in the West Indies tour trying to get used to those conditions, we were only there for a couple of days before we played the first one-dayer.

"So this two weeks coming over earlier has been a great help for me and some of the younger players that haven't played over here before. We've got a chance to play a little bit of cricket, some trial games and build momentum into the series. I want to play good cricket and hope to cement my spot in the team."

Part of Wade's challenge in England is to make a success of a floating position in the batting order that may vary anywhere between Nos. 1 and 7. He went out to meet the new ball with David Warner at Leicestershire but was then dropped down to seven against Ireland to accommodate Peter Forrest at No. 3 and Shane Watson opening.

"Luckily I've done it a little bit for Victoria so it's not mentally a big swing for me," he said. "I've opened the batting for the last three or four years at home and then before that, so it's not a huge swing, as long as I know a few days out what I'm doing and I can prepare for that.

"Sometimes batting down the order can give you that little bit of freedom you need. Obviously opening the batting over here is going to be quite difficult and early wickets are a key, so sometimes it's nice to go down and just be able to free the arms a little bit."

Wade certainly did so in his century against the West Indies at Windsor Park, showing how much he had learned over two months on low, spinning pitches with a furious sprint from 50 to 100. It was a game-shaping innings, justly acknowledged with the match award, and a piece of footage that England's analysts will have pored over.

"I haven't looked back too much at that tour. But it's nice to come off the end of a tour doing what I did and leading into another tour with a little bit of confidence," Wade said. "Depending on where I bat I've just got to play my role in the team and fingers crossed that I can do that.

"I'm not sure quite what to expect. I've spoken to a few of the senior players and the swing conditions here are obviously different at the top of the order, the wickets will play a part, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm open-minded going into this series, soaking it all in and trying to learn as much as I can."

From behind the stumps, Wade has seen Australia's pace stocks improve, and had little hesitation when queried on whether the tourists had the firepower to dislodge England's in-form opening combination of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

"We've got three or four blokes who bowl over 150 kilometres an hour - it's been a bit of a nightmare in the past few weeks facing those guys in the nets," Wade said. "So absolutely we've got the firepower to counter those guys. In any ODI your top two or three batters are important, if they're scoring hundreds you're going to win the game, so hence their record is outstanding at the moment, and we've got to find a way to dismiss those guys and also find a way for our top three or four batsmen to score big scores."

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

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  • on June 27, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Hyclass, well said. Being able to turn 5-250 into perhaps 7-370 in the space of a session can decide a match. Wade has already played one test innings like this and it was a clincher. Paine on the other hand looks like he's going out to bat for a draw, even in ODI's. Wade can be a dynamic match winner with the bat, the others i'm not sure about and he's still just 24 years old, he may not yet be anywhere near his best and he's already very good. He should be playing for Aus for the next ten years and break a lot of records I would say.

  • kensohatter on June 27, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @gordo... Chris Hartley is 30 and not a long term option for Australia. I agree in his day he was of international standard by why test him at international level in the event of wades injury when Haddin has already proven himself. Hartley was unlucky to keep during the era of Gilchrist just as Berry and Emery were unlucky to miss out during the years of Ian Healy. Its unfortunate he may never play a test but thats sport... Imagine how all those awesome domestic batsmen of the last decade feel now. Siddons, Law, Cox, Hodge etc all would have walked into todays test team but happened to bat during an era of australian dominance where only the no.6 spot was up for grabs and Ponting and blewett grabbed that

  • Gordo85 on June 26, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Wade is the best that Australia has at the moment and as far as being able to play goes a very good second spot to me should be Chris Hartley and yes I am saying durring the time Paine takes to get back into his best. Hartley should be the second keeper to Wade based on what Hartley has done for so long and yet the beauty of this is he is still younger than Haddin. For years I have been watching Wade perform and wonder how much longer it would be until an Victortian Keeper would ever keep for Australia since it had been noone since the 1980s or even longer. For awhile there Wade couldn't get a hundred in Domestic One Day but once he did that he took off and became a better limited overs batsmen/keeper. This is just so silly that Haddin gets looked into as second keeper yet Hartley made lots of runs at First Class level last season and in a crunch match in a Pura Milk Cup match final where he won Queensland the title. Lets hope he isn't a new Darren Berry who never plays for Australia.

  • Cricordia on June 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    LOL..cricinfo says HUGE SCORE.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @EnglishCricket on (June 25 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) I honestly think this T20wc is very very open and any of the established 8 nations can win it. WI are 9th ranked but guys like Narine will be more effective in SL and we all know what guys like Gayle , Smith , Bravo and Pollard can do with the bat. India are 7th but they have so much talent on paper and in SC conditions.SA have AB , Steyn,Morkel, Ind have Sehwag,Kholi,Dhoni , NZ have Guptill,Vetori,Ryder , Pak - Afridi , Ajmel,Gul , Aus have Warner,Hussey,Lee , SL - Sanga , Jaya , Malinga. All it takes in this fmt is for one or 2 of those players to shine and they can take the game away from any side. I'd actually say we (Eng) without KP , have the least big name/ impact T20 players out there but we somehow seem good at this fmt

  • pom_don on June 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Shame the Aussies are getting out to an 18yr old school kid!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Not a great start for the Australians gainst Essex, is it? Both openers slog a few and then out... Wonder was it the 'switch-hit' they got out to! LOL

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    That is a great team Aus have out for the Essex game. Smith AND Doherty in one glorious dream team!!!???? Am I dreaming? I am. The two bowlers in the world who represent everything Warne wasn't- ie hopeless. And only two recognised batsmen in Watson and Clarke. It's not whether Eng can beat Aus. it's whether Essex can beat Aus. Easy street!!!It's not even April 1st. WI nearly beat this crew and we all know what they are like.

  • hyclass on June 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @zenboomerang...I feel you've hit on a valuable point in discussing Gilchrist that is relevent to all the aspirants.Gilchrist was a very fast natural scorer & the scoring rate of keepers is vital to the outcome of matches.When they open in ODIs,its obvious,but when they bat at 6 or7 in Tests,which is often the case,they have the capacity to quickly swing the game at a time when opposition may feel they are on top-an important psychological advantage.Most batsmen have a peak natural scoring rate after which their average starts to fall away.Australia were extremely lucky in having one of the greatest strikers of all in Gilchrist.England's Prior has an exceptional 55 Test record that includes a S/R of 65.I cant imagine a better batsman/keeper in world cricket at this point.I believe part of Haddin's value is his scoring rate in all formats.Its why I rate Wade's reasonable S/R far ahead of Paines glacial one.Bradman valued scoring rates highly.So did Steve Waugh.That's good enough for me.

  • 5wombats on June 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Randyoz - and "muppet". These are words that go together well. Wasn't that a Beatles song?

  • on June 27, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Hyclass, well said. Being able to turn 5-250 into perhaps 7-370 in the space of a session can decide a match. Wade has already played one test innings like this and it was a clincher. Paine on the other hand looks like he's going out to bat for a draw, even in ODI's. Wade can be a dynamic match winner with the bat, the others i'm not sure about and he's still just 24 years old, he may not yet be anywhere near his best and he's already very good. He should be playing for Aus for the next ten years and break a lot of records I would say.

  • kensohatter on June 27, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @gordo... Chris Hartley is 30 and not a long term option for Australia. I agree in his day he was of international standard by why test him at international level in the event of wades injury when Haddin has already proven himself. Hartley was unlucky to keep during the era of Gilchrist just as Berry and Emery were unlucky to miss out during the years of Ian Healy. Its unfortunate he may never play a test but thats sport... Imagine how all those awesome domestic batsmen of the last decade feel now. Siddons, Law, Cox, Hodge etc all would have walked into todays test team but happened to bat during an era of australian dominance where only the no.6 spot was up for grabs and Ponting and blewett grabbed that

  • Gordo85 on June 26, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Wade is the best that Australia has at the moment and as far as being able to play goes a very good second spot to me should be Chris Hartley and yes I am saying durring the time Paine takes to get back into his best. Hartley should be the second keeper to Wade based on what Hartley has done for so long and yet the beauty of this is he is still younger than Haddin. For years I have been watching Wade perform and wonder how much longer it would be until an Victortian Keeper would ever keep for Australia since it had been noone since the 1980s or even longer. For awhile there Wade couldn't get a hundred in Domestic One Day but once he did that he took off and became a better limited overs batsmen/keeper. This is just so silly that Haddin gets looked into as second keeper yet Hartley made lots of runs at First Class level last season and in a crunch match in a Pura Milk Cup match final where he won Queensland the title. Lets hope he isn't a new Darren Berry who never plays for Australia.

  • Cricordia on June 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    LOL..cricinfo says HUGE SCORE.

  • JG2704 on June 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @EnglishCricket on (June 25 2012, 14:10 PM GMT) I honestly think this T20wc is very very open and any of the established 8 nations can win it. WI are 9th ranked but guys like Narine will be more effective in SL and we all know what guys like Gayle , Smith , Bravo and Pollard can do with the bat. India are 7th but they have so much talent on paper and in SC conditions.SA have AB , Steyn,Morkel, Ind have Sehwag,Kholi,Dhoni , NZ have Guptill,Vetori,Ryder , Pak - Afridi , Ajmel,Gul , Aus have Warner,Hussey,Lee , SL - Sanga , Jaya , Malinga. All it takes in this fmt is for one or 2 of those players to shine and they can take the game away from any side. I'd actually say we (Eng) without KP , have the least big name/ impact T20 players out there but we somehow seem good at this fmt

  • pom_don on June 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Shame the Aussies are getting out to an 18yr old school kid!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Not a great start for the Australians gainst Essex, is it? Both openers slog a few and then out... Wonder was it the 'switch-hit' they got out to! LOL

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    That is a great team Aus have out for the Essex game. Smith AND Doherty in one glorious dream team!!!???? Am I dreaming? I am. The two bowlers in the world who represent everything Warne wasn't- ie hopeless. And only two recognised batsmen in Watson and Clarke. It's not whether Eng can beat Aus. it's whether Essex can beat Aus. Easy street!!!It's not even April 1st. WI nearly beat this crew and we all know what they are like.

  • hyclass on June 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @zenboomerang...I feel you've hit on a valuable point in discussing Gilchrist that is relevent to all the aspirants.Gilchrist was a very fast natural scorer & the scoring rate of keepers is vital to the outcome of matches.When they open in ODIs,its obvious,but when they bat at 6 or7 in Tests,which is often the case,they have the capacity to quickly swing the game at a time when opposition may feel they are on top-an important psychological advantage.Most batsmen have a peak natural scoring rate after which their average starts to fall away.Australia were extremely lucky in having one of the greatest strikers of all in Gilchrist.England's Prior has an exceptional 55 Test record that includes a S/R of 65.I cant imagine a better batsman/keeper in world cricket at this point.I believe part of Haddin's value is his scoring rate in all formats.Its why I rate Wade's reasonable S/R far ahead of Paines glacial one.Bradman valued scoring rates highly.So did Steve Waugh.That's good enough for me.

  • 5wombats on June 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Randyoz - and "muppet". These are words that go together well. Wasn't that a Beatles song?

  • PFEL on June 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @kansohatter, i think you underestimate gilly's keeping ability. Maybe he was no ian healy but he is miles ahead of any i can think of in international cricket today (prior, haddin, boucher, dhoni, kamran (lol), McCullum) etc

  • Hammond on June 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @RandyOz- do you mean when Robyn Smith, Graeme Hick and Alan Lamb were playing? England had more imports in the 70's 80's and 90's in the squad than they do now. Maybe that is why with more home grown talent than before they are leading the test cricket world? Anyway you seem to know a lot about English cricket but don't seem to be able to understand the actual language they speak. Simply put what part of "Picking the citizens of your own country based on merit" can't you understand?

  • Heisenburg on June 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    I really wish people would shut up about Paine, Wade has always been a better keeper and batsman, I would rate Neville above Paine too

  • on June 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @Selassie-I: There is no suggestion anywhere in the article that Wade will open the batting at test level. So what bearing does that have about him facing Anderson with the new ball in tests? Wade does, however, open the batting occasionaally at ODI level and has done pretty well at it too. As you yourself alluded to, he DOES average over 40 with the bat. You make it sound like a handicap, but as a wicket keeper/batsman, that average is world class.

  • Bramblefly on June 26, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @ RandyOz - It really is time for you to use the power of the internet and raise a petition for England's banishment from international cricket until their players meet your exacting national standards. Simply using your ongoing gripe as a retroactive excuse for Australian losses isn't enough anymore. So go organise the banishment and, whist you are at it, personally boycott Engalnd comment threads. Go Rozzer; we're all counting on you to make things right.

  • kensohatter on June 26, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Assuming we are at international level the best judge of a keeper is byes. Im not at all saying Prior is not a solid no. 7 in fact id agree hes the best going around at present im just saying he doesnt move like a keeper. Gilly was not a great keeper either (although he improved massively to warne). Im not trying to degrade the accomplishments of these players you are right Gilly changed the face of the game. I just think its wrong for example that a guy like Gilly was included in the cricinfo world XI when that spot should be for the best keeper.

  • pom_don on June 26, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Oh! @RandyOz.....I unlike you don't know who is going to come out tops over the next months & years which is why I enjoy watching cricket if I new the result before the game I would stop watching...........can you send me next weeks lotto results as you seem to have all the answers I struggle to comprehend why Cricket Australia have not asked you to coach the national side!

  • Selassie-I on June 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    This guy's highest score while opening the batting in 1st class is 113... witha good 40+ average, looks like he's one of these batsmen who can't play a long innings/gets in then out.. product of the BBL perhaps? Australia better stick him down the order far away from Anderson with the new ball if they want to win the Ashes back.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 26, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Good luck to him. I wonder will "those guys with all the firepower" get much movement in English conditions... Fast but straight = straight to the boundary for an easy 4; fast + movement = great contest between bat & ball & gloves! With all these careers predicted to be ended by the Aussie fans, maybe there wont be any cricketers left in the world after this series?

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 26, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Wade should keep in mind that not only in keeping but also in batting side he need to do much good.

  • Big-Dog on June 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I've seen much of all these players & i'm convinced that Paine is the better gloveman. He is also just as capable batsman as Wade. Wade may have scored a ton against weak opposition in the Windies but Paine scored a ninety in India. I agree that Paine needs to re-establish himself but Wade should'nt consider himself to be the heir apparant.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @Pras_Punter on (June 26 2012, 06:29 AM GMT), I'm not sure that there was ever a crown involved but Prior is considered by many to be the best wicket-keeper/batsman in Test cricket. He's not necessarily the best wicket-keeper in the world - in fact he's almost certainly not - but he is generally very good and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better #7 in Test cricket. As for Wade and Paine, Australia's going to have a hard time playing both of them but whoever does play will be serving Australia well if they perform as well as Prior in both disciplines.

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @kensohatter... I watched Gilly as a grade player & he was definitely behind the stumps keeping... Haddin was always a keeper... But you are right, we may never see a great keeper with a bad batting average ever again playing for the top teams... Gilly showed us that a no.7 can score centuries to win matches - as (MoM) Wade showed us in the WI's & the only Oz player to get a century in that Test series... I would put Paines keeping up their with Healy, but with a better reach, while Wade has performed well at both FC & Test level... Perhaps you would like to elucidate more on Wade & Paine?...

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @kensohatter... Prior not a keeper?... Think again - Jack Russell & Prior played nearly the same number of Tests & their Keeping stats (catches/stumpings) are similar while Knott played many more, but again his stats are very similar (proportionly)... The only real difference is that Russell @27 & Knott @32.7 are no way near Priors @42 though Knott was very hot/cold with his batting... Gilly changed our outlook on keepers & the world has moved on...

  • PrasPunter on June 26, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I wonder how Matt Prior is crowned as the best wicket keeper in the world. Matter of time before Wade and Paine rein in !! Go Aussies !!

  • anver777 on June 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Judging on the recent performances of Wade, no doubt currently he's the best out of two (Haddin out of touch & Paine with injury) so why not selectors give him the assurance of his place so that he can grow further!!!!

  • kensohatter on June 26, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Ooops my bad I meant best keeper technical keeper in the world is Prasanna Jawardene. The rest Dhoni, Gilchrist, Haddin, Prior are batsmen who have taken up glovework to force their way up the ranks by adding an extra string to their bow

  • kensohatter on June 26, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Prior is lucky to be even considered a keeper! Hes an average batsman who can catch better than his team mates! Granted he is better than Geraint Jones was but you are deluded if you think Prior is world class in this regard. Best technical keeper at the moment is Samawera from Sri Lanka... Just a shame he cant bat a little better. Its sad that focus these days is on a keepers batting average rather than their performance behind the stumps. Because of that its rare we will see another Ian Healy, Alan Knott or Jack Russell

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Not sure that Paine is the next Test wicketkeeper/batsman hero for Oz & those bagging Haddin should compare all their FC records - Wade FC@40.1 - Haddin FC@38.7 - Paine FC@31.6 & Nevill FC@45.1... Wade/Paine are yet to play 5 Tests so there is no gauge there... Still, I feel that its time to move on from Haddin now, he'll be 35 before next season & he has shown a drop in skills both keeping & batting over the last 12 mths... Healy was dumped at 35y.o. for a better player & cannot see keeping Wade out of the team would be best for him & Australia's future... We have Paine & Nevill as good backups for many years to come...

  • zenboomerang on June 26, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @Daniel Brettig... Funny how what Wade actually said & your comments don't match up very well... Then there is this :- "And they will be after his place should Wade have one poor tour or match"... You are joking?... Are you saying that Wade is already the no.1 keeper & that 1 poor match he will be dumped?... All players are very glad that you are not a selector... Ponting, Clarke, Hussey have all had multiple bad series in the past, yet were retained by CA...

  • subbass on June 26, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Matt Prior is the best Test wk in the world. Baffling how he has not done better in ODI's then again his list A record is pretty avg also. As far as Wade goes he certainly seems better than Brad ' I look like Rod Stewart' Haddin !

  • phermon on June 26, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    The headline suggests a rather gruesome picture of swimming, wading or just paddling in circles with concrete boots - or is it just my simple mind at work again?

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    I would think that Wade has already all but cemented the keepers job in limited-overs cricket. In that regard I would expect good performances from Paine, who will presumably be on the A tour, to be his biggest threat. It's the fact that the selectors still consider Brad Haddin to be the best choice as Test keeper that is Wade's biggest obstacle, and this ODI series probably isn't going to help sway the selectors in that regard. If it does then I really have to question why they still wanted Haddin for Tests in the first place. I do have to question that decision anyway to be honest but, given that they've made that decision, I can't see why they'd be swayed by ODI performances. If Australia are serious about winning the next Ashes then, on current form, playing Haddin would be a big mistake.

  • kensohatter on June 26, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Sounds very much like Haddins days are numbered and I suspect the only reason he was awarded a CA contract was because of the uncertainty surround Paine. For me a fully fit Tim Paine is Australias best long term option in all three forms however Wade has been impressive when Australia were forced to play their third choice keeper and deserves first crack. Both Wade and Paine have solid batting and id like to see them both tour as it provides cover on the keeping and batting roles. This is all dependant on whether or not Paine can show form after his injury otherwise Neville must be given further exposure to the international circuit. Brad Haddin thanks for the memories but we must now build to the future if we want that no.1 test spot back.

  • on June 26, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    @Munkeymomo Tim Paine broke a finger when he was struck in the gloves by a particularly painful-looking Dirk Nannes bouncer batting in a charity T20 match. It's taken him a long time to recover. (And it made people question using contract players in such gimmicky matches)

  • the_flying_squad on June 25, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Munkeymomo ; Paine has been battling a severely broken finger for over a year. Is only due to make his comeback on the 'A' tour of the UK. Why do people keep biting at RandyOZ? He's so painfully predictable, just ignore him. Wade is a talented keeper batsman, but I still think Paine is the man.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Wade makes Prior look like a muppet behind the stumps. I'd expect Wade's excellent keeping to end Prior's career next Ashes as he will be shown up to be useless. They will then have to fall back to another South African Keeper; Kieswetter. And we all know how poor he is.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - incorrect, the England-Australia rivalry ended when England decided South Africa should get in on the act and filled half their team with imports. It appears now as though they want Ireland to join the party too.

  • landl47 on June 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Wade looked a good player in the WI series and, at 24, he's one of very few young Australians with batting credentials. Hopefully he will be given the role full-time; I can't see what purpose it would serve to bring Haddin back. Wade will find playing the English seamers is a different challenge than playing against the WI, though. Good luck to him.

  • Munkeymomo on June 25, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Good luck to him, looks a decent player. Could some of the Ozzy fans explain to me what happened to Paine? I thought he was a talented guy last time I saw him, I also heard he was very highly thought of. Did he go off the boil a bit?

  • Optic on June 25, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    LOL I bet England are shaking in their boots, average batsman to add to the rest of them they've got.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 25, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Hopefully Wade solidifies his spot. If all 3 were in tip top form, it wouldn't be a contest as Wade is miles ahead with his keeping and his batting is better too.

  • on June 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Go get 'em Wadey. You are streets ahead of Haddin and Paine!

  • 5wombats on June 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Te he! He hasn't got a clue. But at least as wicket keeper he won't have to do as much leather chasing as he would out in the field. Good luck mate - you're going to need it!

  • EnglishCricket on June 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    This coming series is just the beginning of the end of the special England-Australian rivalry because this series is clearly meaningless and has no value because they'll be playing this same series again in England after next years Ashes such a shame. Rather see an ODI Triangular Series between ENG-SCO-IRE as it will generate more interest and help the associates instead of this ENG-AUS Series.

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  • EnglishCricket on June 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    This coming series is just the beginning of the end of the special England-Australian rivalry because this series is clearly meaningless and has no value because they'll be playing this same series again in England after next years Ashes such a shame. Rather see an ODI Triangular Series between ENG-SCO-IRE as it will generate more interest and help the associates instead of this ENG-AUS Series.

  • 5wombats on June 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Te he! He hasn't got a clue. But at least as wicket keeper he won't have to do as much leather chasing as he would out in the field. Good luck mate - you're going to need it!

  • on June 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Go get 'em Wadey. You are streets ahead of Haddin and Paine!

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 25, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Hopefully Wade solidifies his spot. If all 3 were in tip top form, it wouldn't be a contest as Wade is miles ahead with his keeping and his batting is better too.

  • Optic on June 25, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    LOL I bet England are shaking in their boots, average batsman to add to the rest of them they've got.

  • Munkeymomo on June 25, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Good luck to him, looks a decent player. Could some of the Ozzy fans explain to me what happened to Paine? I thought he was a talented guy last time I saw him, I also heard he was very highly thought of. Did he go off the boil a bit?

  • landl47 on June 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Wade looked a good player in the WI series and, at 24, he's one of very few young Australians with batting credentials. Hopefully he will be given the role full-time; I can't see what purpose it would serve to bring Haddin back. Wade will find playing the English seamers is a different challenge than playing against the WI, though. Good luck to him.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - incorrect, the England-Australia rivalry ended when England decided South Africa should get in on the act and filled half their team with imports. It appears now as though they want Ireland to join the party too.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Wade makes Prior look like a muppet behind the stumps. I'd expect Wade's excellent keeping to end Prior's career next Ashes as he will be shown up to be useless. They will then have to fall back to another South African Keeper; Kieswetter. And we all know how poor he is.

  • the_flying_squad on June 25, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Munkeymomo ; Paine has been battling a severely broken finger for over a year. Is only due to make his comeback on the 'A' tour of the UK. Why do people keep biting at RandyOZ? He's so painfully predictable, just ignore him. Wade is a talented keeper batsman, but I still think Paine is the man.