Australia in India 2013-14 September 19, 2013

Haddin back in ODI side, Wade axed

137

Matthew Wade has been axed as Australia's one-day wicketkeeper in favour of Brad Haddin and Fawad Ahmed has also been dropped for Xavier Doherty for the upcoming tour of India. The 14-man squad will be led by Michael Clarke, if his back injury allows him to, and he will be one of three certainties for the first Test at the Gabba - along with Haddin and Shane Watson - on the near month-long trip in the lead-up to the Ashes.

The selection of Clarke, Watson and Haddin means they will all miss the first round of Sheffield Shield matches, leaving them only two matches each to readjust to the longer format and the Australian conditions before the Brisbane Test. England's cricketers, by comparison, will have three games to acclimatise and it is not a dissimilar scenario to the disastrous 2010-11 Ashes, when England's players were better prepared than the Australians.

However, it is still possible that Clarke will not take part in the Indian trip after he suffered a recurrence of his ongoing back problem at the end of the limited-overs series in England. In India in March, Clarke missed a Test due to his back injury for the first time in his career, and he was also troubled by his back in the lead-up to the Ashes in England.

"After a long tour Michael Clarke's back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness," John Inverarity, the national selector, said. "He has returned to Australia for further assessment and the national selection panel hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour."

The dumping of Wade caps off a difficult few months for him after Haddin reclaimed the Test wicketkeeping position for the Ashes in England. In the one-day series that followed, Wade made 0, 36 and 0 and collected three dismissals, and Haddin's return could be a long-term option for the selectors after Haddin expressed his desire last month to play on in international cricket until the end of the 2015 World Cup.

"Matthew Wade has been omitted due to lack of form and has been replaced by Brad Haddin, who captured an Ashes series record of dismissals in July and August," Inverarity said. "Matthew is 25 years of age and has a great deal of natural ability both as a batsman and as a keeper. The NSP is confident that Matthew will regain form and press hard for selection in the not too distant future."

That Wade is no longer the incumbent in any format due to poor form - there is a T20 international in Rajkot before the seven-match ODI series - raises the question of whether he would remain next in line behind Haddin over the Australian summer. The Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine could force himself ahead in the queue with a strong start to the domestic season, while Queensland's Chris Hartley could also find himself in contention if a Test replacement is needed.

The return of Doherty for the Indian trip was not unexpected but the omission of Ahmed was perhaps surprising, given he had been blooded on the England tour. Instead, he will have the chance to press for Ashes consideration in three Sheffield Shield outings, although Nathan Lyon is likely to remain the first-choice spinner for at least the beginning of the Ashes.

"Fawad bowled well with his limited opportunities in the rain-affected series and better than his figures would suggest," Inverarity said. "The NSP looks forward to Fawad getting plenty of bowling in the busy domestic schedule that begins at the end of this month."

Also gone from the ODI squad that toured England are Josh Hazlewood and the injured Shaun Marsh, while the allrounder Moises Henriques has been recalled. There will also be a significant change in the off-field staff for the Australians, with the fielding mentor Steve Rixon to lead the tour as head coach while Darren Lehmann spends time at home.

"As with the successful tour of the UAE last year we will have Steve Rixon acting as head coach in India," Pat Howard, Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance, said. "Darren has been on the road and away from home for a considerable amount of time. This is a great opportunity for Darren to refresh, work with the states and provide others with opportunities."

Australia squad Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), Adam Voges, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on September 21, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    didn't australia learn anything ? Playing on dust bowls in India didn't help prepare for the ashes last time and it won't this time. 7 ODI's in India in between back to back ashes series !?

    I'd send the under 21 team.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on September 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Cricket australia just won the award for 'worst way to prepare your team for ashes' , Andy flower and England team will be quietly enjoying this , i thought Australia showed some real intent and improvement towards end of the ashes and they have a fair chance of upsetting England in more familiar condition , but if this is how they are going to do it ,am afraid its going to be more pain and agony for Aussie fans

  • xtrafalgarx on September 21, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @Naman Gupta, Rod Marsh once said keepers arn't like the other players, they get BETTER with age, and i agree. Heals, Gilly and now Prior, Haddin they ALL get better as they get to the end of their careers than at the start, it's not like a fast bowler where you will definately slow down or a batsman where you can't pick it up as well as you once did.

  • scarab666 on September 20, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @ Terry Wise.....spot on man, you're right the Aussies have no idea who to play in which format and the CLT20 should be moved from country to country for hosting purposes.....not in India all the time and only the best 2 teams from each country unlike 4 from India. This tournament should be to define the best domestic T20 side in world cricket, not India v rest of the world and definitely each team should be free of being dominate through the use of foreign players.

  • dummy4fb on September 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It will be a boring series , Playing with the same opposition 7 +1 times within 3 weeks Instead of that they should have played a triangular series or 5 one dayer with Aussies & an another 5 with South Africans. As far as Aussies are concern they should have gione for a better preparation towards the Ashes than this series.

  • dummy4fb on September 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Wade and Haddin are both ordinary keepers, but decent bats. But with wade he is young, has a lot to learn and is only going to get better. Haddin on the other hand is old, only will be getting worse and worse. Plus although Haddin is a better batsman to watch for spectators, Wade bats with a lot more sense and atleast u won't see him stepping down the track to give the ball a slog when team is 5/15 on a green top like Haddin does. So I don't understand this regressive approach taken by Cricket Australia.

  • dummy4fb on September 20, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think it is pretty obvious that the Aussie selectors haven't a clue who they want in what squad for either formats. In, out, in, out.... They are just going from tour to tour and match to match just waiting for something to happen. Surely a fairly pointless ODI series is the way to bring players on. No one, a few weeks after the tour, will care or even recall the results so why not blood a few new players. What a way to prepare for the Ashes when the test players should be playing Shield cricket not lining the ACB's coffers in India.

  • Charlie101 on September 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Wade did not have a good series with the gloves or the bat hence he is being dropped however this was a good time for Tim Paine to be selected and tried.

  • dummy4fb on September 20, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Fawad has been saved of the embarassment of being mauled. Hughes is luckiest in Aussie team

  • cric_gates on September 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 whats wrong with u man...This series is not between Aus n Zim or India or Bangadesh.its between the two best ODI team in world cricket.What else u want other than this.I appreciate your Ashes desire but there is competitive cricket outside ashes world man. Now i have a feeling that Aus fans believe that this series will 7-0 or 6-1 or 5-2 in the favor of India. when Aus was in its peak dominance, I as an Indian fans loves to watch India plays against Aus in any format n beats them.AND believe me there were millions of Indian who had a similar thought like me. It was such a pleasant feeling.