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

Wade suffers fractured cheek

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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.

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  • Vectera on March 1, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    @littleduck Hartley is hardly mentioned because he doesn't have the batting capabilities of the others in Wade, Paine and Haddin, but as far as I know he's a better keeper than all of them. I'd personally have Hartley as test keeper, but keep Wade as limited overs because the extra batting is needed and a although a chance may go down, it's only 50 or 20 overs. Unfortunately Gilchrist has pretty much made it a requirement for keepers to bat well after his career meaning Hartley may never get a chance.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Barnesy4444 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?

  • kickapakibutt 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.

  • soorajiyer 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..)

  • BcJain on March 2, 2013, 2:35 GMT

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

  • inefekt 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.

  • skkh 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!!!!

  • Simoc 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.

  • Vectera on March 1, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    @littleduck Hartley is hardly mentioned because he doesn't have the batting capabilities of the others in Wade, Paine and Haddin, but as far as I know he's a better keeper than all of them. I'd personally have Hartley as test keeper, but keep Wade as limited overs because the extra batting is needed and a although a chance may go down, it's only 50 or 20 overs. Unfortunately Gilchrist has pretty much made it a requirement for keepers to bat well after his career meaning Hartley may never get a chance.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Barnesy4444 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?

  • kickapakibutt 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.

  • soorajiyer 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..)

  • BcJain on March 2, 2013, 2:35 GMT

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

  • inefekt 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.

  • skkh 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!!!!

  • Simoc 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.

  • pr3m 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.

  • jmcilhinney on March 2, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    If he plays, I wonder whether Wade will wear a helmet the whole time while keeping to protect his face. If he does then that would make an already difficult job, which he didn't exactly excel at in Chennai, even more difficult.

  • howla41 on March 2, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    well said crh8791, people seem to forget how many simple chances brad haddin put down in the previous australian summer. Hopw many rearguard innings have we seen from Brad Hadiin? He never digs in, just hits a couple of 4s and gets out. I was disappointed in Wade's dismissal in the 2nd innings, however at least he was trying to be positive, having seen so many get out defending ball after ball. I've got no doubt he will bounce back this test and prove the doubters wrong. If there was to be a reserve keeper, i would prefer Tim Paine. He made 91 on test debut in 2010, and whilst he has been struggling for runs, he's still young, whereas Haddin in 35 and should not be considered for selection anymore. We need to continue look towards the future

  • pat_one_back on March 1, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Before criticising Australian batting success against Spin let's remember it took England a year or so of thrashings by SL, Pak right up to their second Test in India before they found means of success, some very long apprenticeships seem to have been forgotten, let's give our first timers in India an honest chance...

  • Timmuh on March 1, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    So, a seventeen man squad has: - no second spinner that can be played, even in the mot friendly spin conditions; while Steve O'Keefe sits at home (he was available at squad selection time) - no second wicketkeeper, common enough when choosing a squad 13 or 14 players; but 17 is a huge squad and there is no excuse: it is even more bizarre when the selected keeper was coming off a horror few months and going into the trickiest conditions fo a man hopeless keeping to spin - been brought to its knees by one quick (Starc) bowling poorly, and one being injured (Bird); again in a squad of 13 or 14 that is fair enough, but not with 17 - a whole swag of so-caled all-rounders who aren't worth a Test cricketers armpit

    It was just a terribly selected squad. Doherty and Maxwell at a minimum should not be there. Wade should only be there as a backup batsman or a backup keeper to Hartley.

    To their credit, they did select Henriques; which I thought was a bad choice at the time.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 1, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    @landl47: "Bad luck for Wade and potentially a disaster for Australia. If Wade can't play and Hughes has to keep the Aus spin attack will be totally neutered. " ------ There's an Australian spin attack? Where was it last seen? If you have a genuine sighting of this aussie spin attack, then there must be search parties sent out immediately. Get them to the ground in time by any means. Parachute them in if necessary....

  • on March 1, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    So it has happened! Again, the CA selectors have blundered by including only one keeper in the 17 man squad. The folly of this is now there for all to see. If Wade remains unfit, with Hughes the only option to keep in his place, please explain to me why Khawaja should take his place in the side, when Steve Smith offers both batting and spin back-up. The team should still be Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Wade(Smith), Henriques, Johnson, Pattinson, Siddle/Smith, Lyon. Johnson and Pattinson can share the raw pace and do the unsettling, while Henriques and Siddle or Lyon can hold down the other end. back-up from Clarke and Smith. Time for the selectors to retire (dis)gracefully, methinks. Get Haddin/Paine/Hartley on the fastest plane to India now!

  • on March 1, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Using a non-regular keeper might be a lot riskier in a Test rather than an ODI/T20, because one missed chance could cost the game. Of course Front-Foot-Lunge does present an interesting conterpoint.

  • disco_bob on March 1, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Oh this is brilliant implementation of the 'rotation' policy. Rotate in form healthy players out while wheeling in the sick and injured. FFS what is going on.

  • disco_bob on March 1, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I presume he was not wearing a helmet, how can this be. Johnson would surely be one of the net bowlers and he is well recognised as not someone who people look forward to facing.

    I'm not being cute here but being allowed to not wear a helmet while officially practising would surely be covered under the health and safety act and must be illegal, due to the clear negligence of the employer CA in this case, in not enforcing the use of safety equipment.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 1, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Front Foot Lunge ... love your work and your constant sniping at Wade. Single figure scores? He has played 10 Tests and averages 38. A promising start from someone making his way in the game. After HIS first 10 Tests Matt Prior averaged just 2 more and was under pressure because of his shaky keeping. After 62 Tests he has lifted that average to 43 and has improved his keeping. I'd expect Wade to do similar. That said to tour India with 1 keeper is nonsensical just because of this sort of late injury. As mentioned the options are limited as bit part short form players like Maxwell, Doherty & Smith are taking up 3 spots. Odd to pick players and have little intention of playing them.

  • landl47 on March 1, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Bad luck for Wade and potentially a disaster for Australia. If Wade can't play and Hughes has to keep the Aus spin attack will be totally neutered. I don't think Wade's a great keeper, but someone who has only kept occasionally in Australia is going to be completely at sea keeping in India.

    Let's hope Wade can play. The last thing Aus needs on turning wickets is to go in without a keeper.

  • srriaj317 on March 1, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Fly Haddin!!!!!! Definitely the best player of spin in Aus right now after Michael Clarke. And a more talented keeper to boot as well. They should make Hughes keep in the first innings, use a sub fielder and fly Haddin in - then he can play from the second day onwards. Oh but ofcourse - we are talking about CA - the struggling Wade will still play. What a ridiculously incompetent bunch of selectors!

  • littleduck on March 1, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    I still don't understand why Tim Paine wouldn't be the guy on the first plane to India.

    That aside: Does anyone know why Chris Hartley never gets a mention? Good keeper and he knows how to make runs in crunch situations.

  • whoster on March 1, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I know the Aussies are hardly blessed with options, but their selectors are something else. One wicket-keeper out of a 17-man squad?? If Wade doesn't recover, I can imagine how thrilled Phil Hughes would be if he was given the gloves. For a batsman struggling for runs, keeping wicket all day in sweltering conditions would be something he'd no doubt be extremely grateful for! Taking one keeper is a completely daft and fate-tempting thing to do, and even if Wade is fit, I hope the Aussie selectors are embarrassed by allowing this gamble. The Aussies have enough problems with their batting and bowling without worrying about the keeper.

  • VivGilchrist on March 1, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Wow! 17 players and only one keeper? Genius. Ladies and Gentlemen please join me in a standing ovation to the Australia Selectors. Bravo.

  • OzWally on March 1, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    With the way he has been keeping, I'm surprised he was hit while batting. He blocked balls with everything but the gloves in the 1st test.

  • wix99 on March 1, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Australia should have chartered a plane to fly Haddin to India! It's probably too late now though. If they have to go into the Test without a specialist keeper it will cost them big time. Not only will Phil Hughes probably let through more byes and miss more chances, he is also less likely to perform with the bat. What a disaster!

  • crh8971 on March 1, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Yep Haddin was dropping simple ones off the quicks in his last test series and Paine is woefully short of runs at First Class level.

  • on March 1, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    After Warner "had to be selected" for the first test and played with a finger splint and now Australia faces the prospect of playing a test without a keeper or an injured keeper, it shows how dysfunctional the Australian Selection Panel is.

    JI , RM, AB, MA and MJ Clarke .... take a bow!!! Your farcical selection of Maxwell, Smith AND Doherty, and now your lack of urgency to quickly call up a replacement for Bird (just another potentially great Australian Cricketer broken by the coaching staff) now shows the reality of your incompetence.

    Again I will reiterate .... get some body armour for the keeper. Wade certainly needs it and, if Hughes must replace him, Hughes will most certainly wear at least as many balls on his chest. Hughes does not deserve a broken rib or sternum if he has to stand up to the wickets for Lyon.

  • CricketCoachDB on March 1, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    It is hilarious how much a player improves when he isn't in the side: Haddin was the one whose 'keeping was being ridiculed when he was 1st choice.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 1, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Dissappointing for Australia as Wade is their best keeper, even though he drops every ball that comes his way. They'll miss his endless single figure scores with the bat too.

  • Saffer_13th on March 1, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    How do you fracture your cheek during throw downs. Must have been some nasty beamers flying around. Very odd.

  • skccochin on March 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @BHASKARBHARATWAJ, you are definitely an Indian fan like me. Otherwise, you wouldn't ask to call Haddin ! lol! He is definitely not a better pick, Tim Paine was a better during Australia's last tour to india

  • CricketingStargazer on March 1, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    You wouldn't wish this on anyone. Good luck to him if he plays because if he takes a further blow he will really be in trouble.

  • blink182alex on March 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    i find it staggering that we didn't bring a back up keeper. The selectors said it would be easy geographically to fly someone out at quick notice which is fine, however what if Wade broke a thumb in the warm up or something?

    England had 19 players in their squad for India, we have 17, could of easily of had Haddin there.

  • Thefakebook on March 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    GET. TIM. PAINE. IN .ALREADY. WADE. IS. EMBARRASSING. HIMSELF. I think Doolan is better keeper than Matt Wade really but Paine is no.1 if you ask me.Goodness me Haddin should not make it to the Ashes or india for that matter,but truth be told better batsman than Wade, worse keeper though these days he is!

  • sephotrig on March 1, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Probably a good move getting another keeper, he is an embarassment against spin, with both bat and gloves, what Australia would give to have someone of Prior, Dhoni or De Villiers quality, not just behind the stumps but to sure up that paper thin batting lineup.

  • AKS286 on March 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Haddin, Paine, Handscomb, hartley, ludeman then comes the mathew Waste. but clarke selected 6 th rank WK. i know why?

  • palla.avinash on March 1, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    This is nonsense not coming with a reserve wicket keeper in a big test series like this brad haddin should have been in india, if wade fails to recover and hughes keep in these conditions what kind of confidence does he give to bowlers like lyon and pattinson and doherty if he plays.Lets hope wade recovers and play all test matches cant see phil hughes keeping and haddin playing first class matches in australia.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    This news is probably for the better for Australia. Wade didn't exactly create any sensation with his batting and his keeping would put Kamran Akmal to shame. It would be best for them to give Haddin a game as he is a much better batsman

  • SasiGladi on March 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Sorry to hear, but the way he kept in chennai test in which he collected most of the balls on his body rather with gloves fracture would have happended during the match...some how Healy is right he is not techinically correct or not adapting to conditions...might Khawaja will be better prospect to Aussy batting line up...

  • BHASKARBHARATWAJ on March 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    haddin is necessary. he is the best

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Very sorry to hear this. Hope he has a speedy and complete recovery. All the best to Wade.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Very sorry to hear this. Hope he has a speedy and complete recovery. All the best to Wade.

  • BHASKARBHARATWAJ on March 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    haddin is necessary. he is the best

  • SasiGladi on March 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Sorry to hear, but the way he kept in chennai test in which he collected most of the balls on his body rather with gloves fracture would have happended during the match...some how Healy is right he is not techinically correct or not adapting to conditions...might Khawaja will be better prospect to Aussy batting line up...

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    This news is probably for the better for Australia. Wade didn't exactly create any sensation with his batting and his keeping would put Kamran Akmal to shame. It would be best for them to give Haddin a game as he is a much better batsman

  • palla.avinash on March 1, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    This is nonsense not coming with a reserve wicket keeper in a big test series like this brad haddin should have been in india, if wade fails to recover and hughes keep in these conditions what kind of confidence does he give to bowlers like lyon and pattinson and doherty if he plays.Lets hope wade recovers and play all test matches cant see phil hughes keeping and haddin playing first class matches in australia.

  • AKS286 on March 1, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Haddin, Paine, Handscomb, hartley, ludeman then comes the mathew Waste. but clarke selected 6 th rank WK. i know why?

  • sephotrig on March 1, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Probably a good move getting another keeper, he is an embarassment against spin, with both bat and gloves, what Australia would give to have someone of Prior, Dhoni or De Villiers quality, not just behind the stumps but to sure up that paper thin batting lineup.

  • Thefakebook on March 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    GET. TIM. PAINE. IN .ALREADY. WADE. IS. EMBARRASSING. HIMSELF. I think Doolan is better keeper than Matt Wade really but Paine is no.1 if you ask me.Goodness me Haddin should not make it to the Ashes or india for that matter,but truth be told better batsman than Wade, worse keeper though these days he is!

  • blink182alex on March 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    i find it staggering that we didn't bring a back up keeper. The selectors said it would be easy geographically to fly someone out at quick notice which is fine, however what if Wade broke a thumb in the warm up or something?

    England had 19 players in their squad for India, we have 17, could of easily of had Haddin there.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 1, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    You wouldn't wish this on anyone. Good luck to him if he plays because if he takes a further blow he will really be in trouble.