India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad March 1, 2013

Wade suffers fractured cheek


An injury to Matthew Wade sent a scare through the Australian camp at training on Friday, when he was hit in the cheek while batting in the nets. Wade is likely to take his place in the line-up for the Hyderabad Test, but the Australians left open the possibility that he could be ruled out if he was to wake up with swelling or bruising on Saturday morning.

Wade is the only gloveman on the tour and if he was left out of the XI the most likely scenario would be that Phillip Hughes would keep wicket, given that he has occasionally stood in at state and international level in the past, while Usman Khawaja could come in to the side. If the selectors were to require a second wicketkeeper to fly to India, Brad Haddin would get the job, but the team medical staff was confident Wade would be fit.

"Matthew Wade copped a knock to the cheek while facing throw downs in the nets this afternoon but batted on during training," the team doctor Peter Brukner said late on Friday. "We sent him off for a precautionary scan after the session and he has a minor fracture, but has subsequently been cleared to play provided there is no excessive bruising and swelling overnight."

The Australian touring party originally included 17 men but a backup wicketkeeper was one of the glaring omissions when the squad was named. The Australians are almost certain to take two glovemen to the five-Test Ashes series later this year and the selectors have on several occasions declared that Wade and Haddin are their first choices.

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

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  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @skkh Well did you see Dhoni today, I swear he let through a dozen byes, dropped a couple of catches, was too lazy to get to a couple catches down the legside, missed a stumping and even fumbled the one catch he did take, if he was an Aussie keeper he'd be crucified. I don't think Wade did that bad on what was a shocking pitch in the first test, Dhoni did no better.

  • Andrew on March 2, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @ Vectera on (March 1, 2013, 23:22 GMT) - the problem with Hartley's stats are - they are in two halves. The first half of his career he was a batting hack, the 2nd half - he averages around 40 in FC. Wade gets a lot of justified credit for tough runs, but Hartley does that as well (Shield Final last year). 100% agree that in pure keeping terms he is the best in the country - comfortably, although I would say Ludeman is just abount 2nd!

  • Brenton on March 2, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Wade's keeping is hardly inspiring. And the selectors want him to bat at 6 which takes focus off of his main job. Watching him keep to Lyon in Oz I can imagine how much the captain dreads an Indian tour with a keeper like that. To not take a back up keeper takes pressure off of Wade (when he needs pressure) and also means he gets less advice on how to do his job (when he needs that too). How is he going to 'keep to spinners with the extra worry of a broken cheekbone?

  • Ram on March 2, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and substitute wicket keeper is a bonus for us. However, get well soon Mr. Wood.

  • Gopalakrishna on March 2, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Somethings just defy logic you know.. There are 5 pacemen in the touring party - Johnson, Bird (was there) and the three pacers who played - they forgot that they are playing in India...

    Then the keeper has zero backup, why not get Tim Paine - if selectors forgot I remember Paine playing very well against India in the sub continent.. He plays spin very very well IMHO..

    As an Indian fan, I am not complaining - but I seriously dont think Australians are managing the resources they have well enough. (something we never see happen actually..)

  • Bhavesh on March 2, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    I hope Hughes get keeping job and drop 5 catches. Hhaa

  • Trevor on March 2, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Wade's keeping in the first test was quite possibly the worst I've seen in my 30 years or so of watching this game. Only Kamran Akmal could challenge him for that title. He was absolutely dreadful, so bad in fact that one of the assistant coaches had to run up to a player on the boundary to urge him to tell Wade to come up closer after he'd repeatedly let the ball bounce in front of him, turning his body away and letting the ball hit him instead of taking it on the bounce. It was truly perplexing keeping to say the least. The cherry on top was the dropped chance off the very last ball of the match.

  • khadeer on March 2, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    For the Indian tour Haddin ought to have been the first choice especially as he is a very good player of spin. Wade was all at sea against the spinners and by no miracle is he going to bat differently out there. It has been a strange selection for the tough Indian tour. Cowan has no idea how to play spin as did Hughes and Wade. And with Wade batting at 6 our batting line up is very thin and with players like Watson whose appetite gets whetted with 10-20 runs we are staring down at a brown wash in India. With this team we may fare a little better in the coming Ashes but will still end up losing heavily maybe 0-4!!!!

  • Simon on March 2, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    There's no doubt Wade is the best option for Australia. He seems to be out of form with bat and ball at present but with seemingly 1 billion advisors he will improve.

  • Prem on March 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I don't think India selects reserve keepers either. Having said that, I highly doubt a cheek fracture will be a cause for much concern for an Australian batsman. India doesn't have the fast bowlers to get a ball that high and at a pace fast enough to genuinely cause concern.