Australia in India 2012-13 March 10, 2013

Ankle injury puts Wade in doubt for third Test

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Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is in doubt for the third Test after hurting his ankle while playing basketball in Chandigarh on Saturday. Brad Haddin has been placed on standby for Wade and is a strong chance to fly to India, pending the result of scans on Sunday morning, four days before the start of the Test.

"Matt Wade sprained his right ankle playing basketball yesterday afternoon," Australia physio Alex Kountouris said. "His ankle is subsequently swollen and painful so will have a scan this morning to help determine the extent of the injury and how we manage it. He will not take part in today's training session."

This is the second consecutive Test in which there has been doubt surrounding Wade's fitness, after he suffered a minor fracture to his cheek while facing throwdowns in the nets on the eve of the second Test in Hyderabad. Wade played that match and scored 62 in the first innings batting at No.6, which has been his position since the final Test of the home summer.

There was no backup wicketkeeper in the group in the lead-up to the second Test and Phillip Hughes, who has occasionally stood in at state and international level, was in line to take the gloves had Wade been ruled out. But the longer break ahead of the third Test means there will be plenty of time to fly Haddin to India if required.

Haddin has played four Tests in India, all during the 2008 tour, and scored 163 at an average of 27.16. However, he has been in strong Sheffield Shield form this summer and has made 468 runs at 52 including two centuries. Haddin has not played a Test since the end of the home series against India in January 2012; Wade became the preferred gloveman in all formats on the West Indies tour later that year.

Both Wade and Haddin are likely to be part of the squad for the Ashes tour but if Haddin was to play in India and succeed with the bat and gloves it could raise questions over the first-choice man for the start of the Ashes. Wade has performed well with the bat at Test level, scoring a century at No.6 in the Sydney Test against Sri Lanka, but his glovework has been shaky at times.

"I don't know the extent of the injury but with Matty I definitely think he's a chance of carrying it through if it's only something minor," the allrounder Moises Henriques said on Sunday morning. "I haven't seen him since it happened. He won't be training with us [today], but he's as tough a little character as there is, so if there's a chance of him playing he certainly will."

The Australians arrived in Chandigarh on Thursday but the players have had two days off since following their innings defeat in Hyderabad. The squad will train at the Mohali ground for the first time on Sunday.

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

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  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | March 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I really don't understand why cricketers have to warm up/down or exercise by playing some other super competetive and injury prone sport. I remember Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma injuring themselves playing kho-kho and football respectively. I am sure it has happened to players from other teams too. Once Geoff Boycott quipped "do footballers play cricket as part of their warmups.". He made perfect sense. I am no physio-therapist but I am guessing doing a work-out which has an inbuilt requirrement to win is going to do a lot more harm than good to a competetive professional sportsman.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Seems Wade does have a sprained ankle - as confirmed by Alex Kountouris today that: "Matt has a complex ankle injury which has been confirmed by the scans and at this stage is in doubt for the Third Test starting on Thursday"... Be surprised if he is fit by Thursday & Haddin is now on his way to India...

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 11, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Interesting question on whether to bring in Haddin or Paine. Obviously the selectors have decided to go with Haddin and it's not really a surprise. He was rather abysmal with both bat and gloves by the time he was dropped and most fans would probably agree that he should have been gone a bit sooner. he seems to have got himself back together now, although Test cricket is always a sterner trial. I have to be honest and say that I don't know who, of Haddin and Paine, is doing better domestically right now but, with the batting in disarray, I'm quite sure that the Australian selectors would look well on Haddin's experience, particularly in India. Any steadying hand at all right now has got to be a good thing. Haddin may not be Mike Hussey but he's not going to panic either. Whether not panicking is enough to aid the team is another matter but he would most likely do a better job behind the stumps than Wade's disappointing effort so far.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 11, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    I think that people complaining about Wade getting hurt playing basketball need to wake up. Players can't be wrapped in cotton wool, they need to exercise and they need to have a bit of fun as well. What's next, the players can't travel to the venues in cars in case there's an accident on the way?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 11, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    @Thefakebook on (March 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT) - sorry, as I read the comments from first to last, I didn't see that you actually clarified that batting was weighted in your rankings. In taht case I would definately have Wade in the top 3 though!

  • POSTED BY ozzierulze on | March 11, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Ozziespirit you are obviously a resident of NSW. Seriously how can you say Haddin is a better bat?. Wade has a better average to date , and I believe it will only move further away from Haddin's 35.82. Secondly Haddin in his whole career has only 3 centuries. Wade has 2 in eleven tests. In Haddin's career he has played in 4 series, against sub continent teams. India in India 2008 /2009 average 27.16 , Pakistan at home , average 14.00. In Sri Lanka 2011, average 18.00 and India at home 2011/2012, average 28.66. He certainly has lit up the batting averages againnst spinners hasn't he ? As for his glovework , Marsh got the nickname iron gloves, because of his early career and many misses. But don't blame his glovework in India where even Dhoni had a hell of a time reading spin and bounce on those nasty wickets. Seantells, Wade has only played 11 tests , 5 out of country, 40 average in the West Indies series and only the 2 tests in India averaging 23.00. Still better than Haddin !

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 10, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I'm still struggling to get my head around this. So, they pick a 17 man squad, absent of a second keeper. Instead they choose 2 pretend all-rounders, leave there best performed domestic spinner home in favour for a one-day specialist, and choose not to cover for the loss of Hussey, by not choosing a senior bat with experience. The result.....2-0 down. Surprised? No. Disappointed? Yes. Pick our best team. Pick Boof as coach. If we still get belted, at least we can say we did everything we could. None of what's happening over in India at the moment smacks of any logic. It's almost as those in power are doing everything possible to lose.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    @Gautam, I'm with you. The love for Haddin here is quite baffling. Hopefully if he gets a test everyone will be cured of their oddly selective amnesia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Replace Wade with Haddin? This push has been on since Wade came in to the team and offended all the NSW cricket team boosters! Haddin has not proven he can play in India(see his last time there!) and prone to do crazy things like charging the bowler(see South Africa test series) when under pressure. if you were going to replace Wade then Tim Paine is the next choice because he is a better batsman than Haddin and a least as good a wicket keeper and a better bet for the future!

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | March 10, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta on (March 10, 2013, 15:47 GMT) Paine has not a great season with the bat, nothing comparable to Haddin. He's getting the odd decent score. For me that's enough and he should tour England, but it is more likely he'll go there with the Oz A team. This obsession with having a batting keeper is plain wrong, especially when players like Paine and Hartley are both more than decent batsmen and the best keepers. But the obsession with finding 'multi-skilled' players ahead of the best in their speciality is ruinous.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | March 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I really don't understand why cricketers have to warm up/down or exercise by playing some other super competetive and injury prone sport. I remember Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma injuring themselves playing kho-kho and football respectively. I am sure it has happened to players from other teams too. Once Geoff Boycott quipped "do footballers play cricket as part of their warmups.". He made perfect sense. I am no physio-therapist but I am guessing doing a work-out which has an inbuilt requirrement to win is going to do a lot more harm than good to a competetive professional sportsman.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Seems Wade does have a sprained ankle - as confirmed by Alex Kountouris today that: "Matt has a complex ankle injury which has been confirmed by the scans and at this stage is in doubt for the Third Test starting on Thursday"... Be surprised if he is fit by Thursday & Haddin is now on his way to India...

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 11, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Interesting question on whether to bring in Haddin or Paine. Obviously the selectors have decided to go with Haddin and it's not really a surprise. He was rather abysmal with both bat and gloves by the time he was dropped and most fans would probably agree that he should have been gone a bit sooner. he seems to have got himself back together now, although Test cricket is always a sterner trial. I have to be honest and say that I don't know who, of Haddin and Paine, is doing better domestically right now but, with the batting in disarray, I'm quite sure that the Australian selectors would look well on Haddin's experience, particularly in India. Any steadying hand at all right now has got to be a good thing. Haddin may not be Mike Hussey but he's not going to panic either. Whether not panicking is enough to aid the team is another matter but he would most likely do a better job behind the stumps than Wade's disappointing effort so far.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 11, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    I think that people complaining about Wade getting hurt playing basketball need to wake up. Players can't be wrapped in cotton wool, they need to exercise and they need to have a bit of fun as well. What's next, the players can't travel to the venues in cars in case there's an accident on the way?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 11, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    @Thefakebook on (March 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT) - sorry, as I read the comments from first to last, I didn't see that you actually clarified that batting was weighted in your rankings. In taht case I would definately have Wade in the top 3 though!

  • POSTED BY ozzierulze on | March 11, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Ozziespirit you are obviously a resident of NSW. Seriously how can you say Haddin is a better bat?. Wade has a better average to date , and I believe it will only move further away from Haddin's 35.82. Secondly Haddin in his whole career has only 3 centuries. Wade has 2 in eleven tests. In Haddin's career he has played in 4 series, against sub continent teams. India in India 2008 /2009 average 27.16 , Pakistan at home , average 14.00. In Sri Lanka 2011, average 18.00 and India at home 2011/2012, average 28.66. He certainly has lit up the batting averages againnst spinners hasn't he ? As for his glovework , Marsh got the nickname iron gloves, because of his early career and many misses. But don't blame his glovework in India where even Dhoni had a hell of a time reading spin and bounce on those nasty wickets. Seantells, Wade has only played 11 tests , 5 out of country, 40 average in the West Indies series and only the 2 tests in India averaging 23.00. Still better than Haddin !

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 10, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I'm still struggling to get my head around this. So, they pick a 17 man squad, absent of a second keeper. Instead they choose 2 pretend all-rounders, leave there best performed domestic spinner home in favour for a one-day specialist, and choose not to cover for the loss of Hussey, by not choosing a senior bat with experience. The result.....2-0 down. Surprised? No. Disappointed? Yes. Pick our best team. Pick Boof as coach. If we still get belted, at least we can say we did everything we could. None of what's happening over in India at the moment smacks of any logic. It's almost as those in power are doing everything possible to lose.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    @Gautam, I'm with you. The love for Haddin here is quite baffling. Hopefully if he gets a test everyone will be cured of their oddly selective amnesia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Replace Wade with Haddin? This push has been on since Wade came in to the team and offended all the NSW cricket team boosters! Haddin has not proven he can play in India(see his last time there!) and prone to do crazy things like charging the bowler(see South Africa test series) when under pressure. if you were going to replace Wade then Tim Paine is the next choice because he is a better batsman than Haddin and a least as good a wicket keeper and a better bet for the future!

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | March 10, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta on (March 10, 2013, 15:47 GMT) Paine has not a great season with the bat, nothing comparable to Haddin. He's getting the odd decent score. For me that's enough and he should tour England, but it is more likely he'll go there with the Oz A team. This obsession with having a batting keeper is plain wrong, especially when players like Paine and Hartley are both more than decent batsmen and the best keepers. But the obsession with finding 'multi-skilled' players ahead of the best in their speciality is ruinous.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Blessing in disguise - Haddin comes in, Bolsters the middle order with consistent scores between 50 and 150, takes a few blinders. Bye bye Matty Wade

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | March 10, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Buchanan made McGrath trip on a cricket pall during practise, the curse struck and Aus lost Ashes, now Arthur makes Wade play basekball and injure his leg, who knows this time it may not turn a curse but a boon to Aussies!

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | March 10, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Matthew Wade did not need extra fitness work. Instead, he sorely needed to spend his time on skill acquisition. Why a cricketer, especially one who stands only about five and a half feet tall, needs to play basketball in the lead up to an important game is beyond my comprehension. With all the talk of injury management this incident must be embarrassing for the fitness staff. And if it isn't, it should be.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    australia should definitley include tim paine,mitchell johnson and ryan harris for the 3rd test maybe rest shane watson since hes not in form

  • POSTED BY ozziespirit on | March 10, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Haddin is a better bat than Wade, and can at least half keep (better than not being able to keep). Haddin's form was damaged by his Ashes experience but he wasn't the weakest link in that side, and England were just the better team anyway. He'll catch more behind the stumps, he should be 1st choice above Wade, who is the weakest keeper by miles.

  • POSTED BY fah4 on | March 10, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    I remember Tim Paine batted well in India and he broke his finger after that.But now he is back playing in Australia BBL and other tournaments.He is best replacement

  • POSTED BY seantells on | March 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    this is good for Oz , wade is good only in Aus, Haddin will do a better job behind wicket, which is more important n then bat with patience. if Aos going for pace get rid off useless Siddle n give a chance to Mitch

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Haddin a better batsman than Wade? Maybe in Australian conditions. Haddin a good player of spin? Haddin a good wicket keeper? Huh?? I think I've got it all wrong here. I was thinking about Brad Haddin, a player who came on the laast tour of India and was pathetic with the gloves as well as the bat.. Yeah, the same one who got the wicket of Neil Broom. I guess all of you are talking about another Haddin. My bad!

  • POSTED BY bruceparrot on | March 10, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    This sort of injury and more to the point , it's cause, is making it clear to all of us who love our cricket that the management of our team needs a major overhaul before any more of our talented young men, playing for their country are made fools of by inept managers and team hierarchy.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Have the selectors forgot Tim Paine. Check his record in the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 10, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    A blessing in disguise for Australia.

  • POSTED BY swauzzie on | March 10, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    What they don't mention is that Hughes probably won't be playing next game & that's why they won't be using him as a gloveman! Would be awesome for Haddin to come in for the 3rd test, either way! He's a great player of spin. Get rid of Hughes & give Usman a go. Would love to see Sids rested & Mitchell Johnson given a chance to break some fingers of the Indian batsmen! Hopefully Lyon will be back in the 3rd test & with Hadds keeping he could get a few more wickets for his toil!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    cant believe haddin is a replacement for wade.. haddos is 10 times better player against spin than wade..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    hope wade gets well soon.. but this is a gift for aussie team in disguise. Brad is best against spin n thats what australia needs now to fight back against India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Tim Paine did well in India, when he toured India last time. He is also young enough to be invested for the future. What happened to him? In between he was injured. That was long ago. What is the problem now? Any of the Australian friends in this page knows?

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT) I agree mate Hartly is better keeper but BJ is better batsman so in general Haddin is better.Chris is good batsman but he will never make as a batter in OZ line up otherwise he wold have already.Given that he's only 30(sorry Mr.I.Chappell) he may get a chance.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | March 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @thefakebook, haddin better keeper than Hartley? are u joking? haddin was dropping easier catches than wade when he last played tests. plus as a batsmen he plays many ridiculous, irresponsible shots to give up his wicket

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 10, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Could be a blessing. Get Haddin.

  • POSTED BY blink182alex on | March 10, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    why do people think he was playing football? The article clearly says he was playing basketball, i'm assuming this was some sort of practice for him, in basketball you have to catch the ball, so Wade can learn how to catch a big ball and then progress to catching a smaller ball.

    Haddin has been in great touch for the last 6 months, Wade's batting has been good generally but i see him struggling with the moving ball in England like he did in the odi's there last year. But they clearly see Wade as no 1 and Haddin no 2.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @WattoMarshy on (March 10, 2013, 11:12 GMT) My thoughts exactly,and I'm not a Matt Wade hater he is not that bad as a keeper batter as the comments suggest.I know BJ Haddin is better batsman and Paine is a better batsmen than both as far as keeping goes Wade is way below at no 6 in top 10 OZ keepers.1.Paine(call me biased) 2.Haddin 3.Hartley 4.Ludeman 5.Neville 6.Wade 8.Handscomb 9.Carters 10.Tommy Triffett. But Paine isn't just good enough batsman/keeper to be in line up that consist of legends like Maxwell,Xavier and Hughes(yup him too at least in this series) I guessing ;)

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | March 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    About Matthew Waste's replacement i think 1.Handscomb,2. Hartley, 3. ludeman are good choices. because Haddin is the victim of Clarke's senior axing policy & Paine is the punter's favourite (so not selected by Clarke). So, Above three are better than M. Waste.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | March 10, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Hilfy is playing in domestic test matches then WHY another senior is not included in India series, Hilfy can bowl reverse swing much better than others. Watson is in the as an allrounder then it is OK he definitely deserves. But if he is playing as a specialist batsman then He don't deserves to be in the team and also he is V.Captain. Before SMITH & khwaja why not S.Marsh, Ferguson, Forrest, Bailey, Voges, Quiney are not considered they all are ahead than these two. After the retirement of Legend Punter, it was in media & also by the selectors, ACB is that DOOLAN is the replacement but he is also not selected? IMO Clarke should be remove as a captain & some selectors too.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | March 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Fantastic news for Aus! Now a proper wicket-keeper can come into the team.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | March 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Clarke don't want haddin in the team. definitely Hughes will keep wicket so one more batsman will be added. The highly overrated Brudman Khawaja or Smith. Warner, Cowan, Khawaja, Clarke, Hughes(wk), Smith, Maxwell, Moises, Doherty/Lyon, Pattinson, Siddle. But result will be same.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Errr... I am no doc but why was a cricketer playing football to warm up?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    This could very well be blessing in disguise for OZ. Haddin is better player of spin than Wade and should have been first choice of wicket keeper. Like many mentioned above, baffled by the decision on not selecting Hifenhaus who has experience in playing india. I hope OZ come good in the next two matches and give Team India run for their money.

  • POSTED BY xrocks on | March 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Even before the series started, there were some discussions about a back up keeper not in a 4 match test series squad.India is obviously a place where keepers are always tested.So they should have one in the touring party. But I am little puzzled on what the selectors were thinking when they named a test squad with players like SS, XD and GM. You need to have some decent spinners in the squad to win in the subcontinent or need to have pacers like McGrath,Akram or Steyn.Let's wait and watch the remaining 2 tests.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | March 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    The best gloveman should always be selected over the 'keeper with the better batting average. Haddin is batting well at the moment but how is he 'keeping? All of the focus is on his batting!! Even still I'm sure Haddin's glovework would be better than Wade's, fly him over and pick him.

  • POSTED BY JobeWatson on | March 10, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    How long until Tim Paine finally is preferred over this has-been? Haddin was a great player, don't get me wrong, but his time has come...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @ Daniel ..... Hilfenhaus would be in my 11 .... but I have 6 bowlers. 3 over spells, 6 over rests, 15overs/day, no relief, 100% pressure.

    Australia can retain the BG Trophy but needs 20 quick wickets. The only bowler who has consistently troubled the batsmen is Pattinson with quality pace. There is nothing to lose!!! So Johnson, Pattinson, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Starc and bowl fist. You actually bat to 11 with this team. And with that much testosterone on the oval I am quite sure that we would see some fire.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @ Craig Dengate ... made plenty of positive comments ... I was positive that they picked the wrong Touring Team ... positive that they selected the wrong teams for the warm ups ... positive that they picked the wrong team for the 1st Test ... more positive that they picked the wrong team for the 2nd Test.

    I actually wrote -

    i) Maxwell was on the Touring Team well before the Team was announced. ii) Taking XD, GM & SS on Tour was a mistake. iii) That they should've taken Haddin on Tour. iv) That they should've replaced Bird over a week ago. v) GM & XD was a bad selection in the 2nd Test. vi) Wade would struggle keeping wickets in India.

    You may have seen things differently to me but I am calling it pretty close to the mark ... and somehow you are confusing criticism with honesty.

    @ Daniel Sijmons ... if Wade needs to work hard I would suggest that he work hard in Sh.Shield. Remember Lyon would have had at least 8 more wickets over summer

  • POSTED BY HawK89 on | March 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Height matters in basketball. Maybe hes just as good at that as he is with cricket. Where is Tim Paine? hes good enough of a batsmen to make the side, and he can open if required. I get sick of seeing that Phil Who guy being squared up all the time.

  • POSTED BY thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on | March 10, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Not a happy tour for the Aussies. Bad luck on Wade and I hope he recovers quickly. Let's see if Haddin can do any better against the spinners than Hughes, Watson, Warner, Cowan...erm yeah basically everyone bar Clarke.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    It seems very silly to come to a tour of india with just one specialist keeper!even in the 2nd test he played with a injury,time selecters pick reserve keepers

  • POSTED BY Jimi01 on | March 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Wade should really have been practicing Cricket not Basketball.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @Mitty2, I think the problem on your selections is that Hartley is too old and Paine just doesn´t bat well enough. I think its pretty clear that Wade is a long term investment, so far he´s won us a match in the West Indies with the bat and cost us a match in Adelaide with the gloves. I´d expect longer term that he´ll win us more than he loses.

    Now if only they´d fly in O´Keefe too!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Wade was just looking good and got hurt!! I hope he has time to recover!!

  • POSTED BY Yuji9 on | March 10, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Maybe Brad Haddin should have made a go as a specialist batsman for this tour and put the gloves away after his time out of the game - I think Haddin at six looks safer than Wade with Hartley or Paine at 7 - Must pick Khawaja seriously he has maturity, plays straight, old school classical technique, nice timing etc - total contrast in technique to guys like Warner, Wade and Phil Hughes - Bad for Wade's confidence to have to keep with fractured cheek on bouncy Indian wickets he did pretty well considering

  • POSTED BY SillyMidPavilion on | March 10, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    What the hell happened to Tim Paine and Chris Hartley for Brad Haddin to get a call-up before them?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Flaming Mith... I agree with that, not picking 6 batsman has been an experiment that has failed spectacularly... Khawaja should come in at 3, he has the technique that will hold up where Hughes hasnt, I wouldnt rest Hughes however, his confidence is a mess as it is... I'd give hm a reprive by putting him behind Clarke in the batting order so chances are he will come in under less pressure

    1. Cowan (due to lack of batsman in the squad), 2 Warner, 3. Khawaja, 4. Clarke, 5. Hughes, 6. Watson (his next best spot after opening) 7. Wade/Haddin, 8. Johnson, 9. Siddle. 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon/O'keefe (i wish)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if we see Haddin and Wade in the same 11 for the ashes... Haddin has a good record against England and the selectors seem reluctant to pick another specialist batsman. I know I personally wouldn't mind seeing how wade does at 6 without having to keep as well...

    Langford... Really you have a problem with Wade playing baseball? really? He has worked incredibly hard this tour trying to hold down after the top orders meltdowns as well as wicketkeeping for 3 days per test while being bashed by fans looking for excuses for Lyons lack of form... If I was him a break from cricket would certainly be in order! On a side note if they are going to fly in another pace bowler (although they should be sending in O'Keefe) it should be Hilfenhaus after he just finished demolishing Qld... Certainly not Harris, now that would be a backward step

  • POSTED BY bigopinions3000listentome on | March 10, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    hey Aoun Hassan, you said you were going to pick a team to win, maybe wittle down the squad you've bravely named.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 10, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    TIM PAINE PLEASE.He can bat no.3 if not open.This the best opportunity to bring him in and give some REAL Test action before Ashes.My team for 3rd test will be 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Paine 4.CLARKE 5.Usman 6.Smith 7.Henriques 8.Johnson 9.Pattinson 10.Lyon 11.Xavier.Since Paine is currently out favor so Haddin may bat 6 which is not bad. Cowan will keep his place in that case.

  • POSTED BY KhanMitch on | March 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I would have like to see Hartley get the backup node given his form this season but Haddin has also been in great form so we are spoilt for choices. And no need to panic, we just need to realise that the selectors are making mistakes to go with the fact that our players are not performing to their best .Not picking 6 batsmen is the real sin of the selectors. We can't bat as it is so rubbing the teams of one more chance to score them really hurts. The allrounder thing is also hurting the team. If they can't bat and bowl at test level then don't pick them which is why i wouldn't go for Smith as his bowling will get creamed by the Indians. Khawaja should be slotted at 3 as he can hold a innings and provide Clarke support. And we need to play more tour matches in between matches.You cannot learn how to play spin in the nets. You need real match experience on real pitches. Phillip Hughes ain't going to improve his ability to play spin and needs a rest.

  • POSTED BY Paul_Rampley on | March 10, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Wouldn't be the worst thing for Haddin to come over, he has been in great form this year. However if he does play then we will need 6 specialist batsman as Wade is a better batsman so i can see something like Cowan, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Smith, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Lyon.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 10, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Oh dear. After becoming the first team ever to declare & then lose by an innings (& 150 runs), the news just keeps on getting worse for the hapless aussie team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Well it is a hard luck for Wade and also for Oz Hope he will recover soon. However India is riding on a horse of luck

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | March 10, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    i would suggest that teh australians callup joe burns, haddin, paine, hartley and a fast bowler whom they think teh best...while they seem to have a lot of extra spinners they seem to have only one spare batsman...might be also callup o'keefe...i would suggest haddin had some attitdue towards gut play, paine to play spin and hartley as teh best wickekeeper and joe burns seems to be in form too to replace hughes/warner...anyway i'd play johnston, starc and pattinson...and obviously two spinners with maxwell as teh alrounder

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    It is a shame that batting is such a big element to the keeping job. Hartley has been Australia's number 1 keeper ever since Gilchrist retired. While it has been good to finally have a decent one in Wade, sadly the selectors are still looking at a batsman as the second best option in Haddin. If they were looking at a keeper who can bat, they should be looking at Peter Nevill. There is no way that they can justify Haddin at test level. Let's just hope that Wade is passed fit, as having Haddin in the team would just push the team backwards.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Hey Joseph Langford. Is there any chance of you making a positive comment about the Australian team any time this century. I really hope you do not play cricket at any level of the game and are simply a keyboard warrior. The though of having you negative comments / opinions given to youngsters learning the game scares the living daylights out of me. Matthew Wade was playing Basketball for extra fitness work. Not every training session needs to be related to cricket for it to worthwhile. In fact, its important to do this so players do not suffer burn out. Whilst it is unfortunate he has hurt himself, Haddin is a very good cricketer and would do a good job for Australia if required.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Why Paine not considered as back-up for Wade and Haddin is considered. Aus selectors are going backwards in selection.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    If Australia has any chance to level or at least win one test in this series, this is the team to do it. Warner, Cowan/Hughes, Clark, Watson, Khawaja, wade/ Haddin, Maxwell, johson, Starc, Pattison, Lyon/smith/Doherty .

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @ Andrew Foruria .... please note the story included his Test performances with the bat in India and Sh.Shield. They are not just looking for a keeper, but someone who can slot in at Number 6.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Really .... he isn't practising his keeping but out playing baseball?? REALLY?? Has someone in the coaching department forgotten that we lost the last two test matches and that Wade needs to work on his keeping??

    With this "sudden timely occurrence" and the "potential inclusion" of Haddin, I could almost guaranty that Lyon and Doherty (outside bet ... Agar) are playing, possibly with Pattinson. Johnson and Siddle. They will say Johnson is an all rounder.

    I feel for Haddin though ..... might fly out today, arrive tomorrow, 2-days practice, then 5-Day Test Match at 35oC with no time to acclimatise. Ouch!!! I have done a lot of International Travel but this "planning" is quite harsh.

    I just wish that the selectors would just man-up and say they were wrong and put Harris on the plane too.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Sounds like the whole tour is to shock the players so that they will perform well at the Ashes. Good luck. Indians are happily curious.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    I dont understand why Tim Paine who has a proven record in India was not even considered for the squad to india this time! It is absolutely ridiculous, he was one of the few batsmen who succeeded against spin in India and made fifties against India in the 2008 series in India. He showed much better technique and temperament against the likes of Ohja and Ashwin than most of the current Australian batsmen. He is also an excellent keeper, may not be as good as haddin but his combined ability with gloves and bat surpasses Haddin's. Yes he was injured for a long time but at the time of squad selection he was fit and was doing alright in domestic cricket. Just the fact that he had proven himself in India where few aussie batsmen do, should have been enough for the selectors to include him in the squad! I was completely baffled when I didnt hear his name in the squad, poor form Inverarity!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Haddin? Do the selectors want us to lose? Pick Hartley! For once in your lives forget your prejudices and pick someone from Queensland! He's the best keeper in the country by so much it isn't funny!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    like it will make a difference, series is already over. There must be better batsmen in australia than what am seeing because clarke cannot carry a side by himself in future test match series.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    When I used to play volleyball for my college team, my coach would never allow me to do any other thing other than fitness or practice touches. I don't understand why get involve these kind of freak accidents every now and then. Wade is not the first guy to do so. Coaches are responsible for the player's fitness as well.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 10, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Just a reflection of the current state of our selectors; we pick a 17 man squad meant to cover all bases, and yet, there's no back up keeper?? If there's an unfortunate occurrence or injury to the keeper, how is the back up keeper meant to suceed without any preparation? Especially in India?

    I would hate for Haddin to come back in, as him being in contention for future games completely contradicts the selectors in picking youth and potential over experience. if we wanted to pick experience, why isn't Rogers in the squad? If we wanted youth and talent, and players who could actually keep, why isn't Paine in the squad?

    Let us not forget the ismal performances by Haddin against India and SA, wade is a bad keeper, but he is much better than Haddin. Wade already has two centuries, and is obviously a better batsmen than Haddin, but I'd prefer Hartley or Paine to the both of them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    MATHEW wade was looking good but not a bad decision to bring in BRAD haddin as a stand by

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | March 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Well ain't that dandy. This is not the best overseas tour but at least Haddin when he last played a test, Australia won :P

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | March 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Well ain't that dandy. This is not the best overseas tour but at least Haddin when he last played a test, Australia won :P

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    MATHEW wade was looking good but not a bad decision to bring in BRAD haddin as a stand by

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | March 10, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Just a reflection of the current state of our selectors; we pick a 17 man squad meant to cover all bases, and yet, there's no back up keeper?? If there's an unfortunate occurrence or injury to the keeper, how is the back up keeper meant to suceed without any preparation? Especially in India?

    I would hate for Haddin to come back in, as him being in contention for future games completely contradicts the selectors in picking youth and potential over experience. if we wanted to pick experience, why isn't Rogers in the squad? If we wanted youth and talent, and players who could actually keep, why isn't Paine in the squad?

    Let us not forget the ismal performances by Haddin against India and SA, wade is a bad keeper, but he is much better than Haddin. Wade already has two centuries, and is obviously a better batsmen than Haddin, but I'd prefer Hartley or Paine to the both of them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    When I used to play volleyball for my college team, my coach would never allow me to do any other thing other than fitness or practice touches. I don't understand why get involve these kind of freak accidents every now and then. Wade is not the first guy to do so. Coaches are responsible for the player's fitness as well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    like it will make a difference, series is already over. There must be better batsmen in australia than what am seeing because clarke cannot carry a side by himself in future test match series.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Haddin? Do the selectors want us to lose? Pick Hartley! For once in your lives forget your prejudices and pick someone from Queensland! He's the best keeper in the country by so much it isn't funny!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    I dont understand why Tim Paine who has a proven record in India was not even considered for the squad to india this time! It is absolutely ridiculous, he was one of the few batsmen who succeeded against spin in India and made fifties against India in the 2008 series in India. He showed much better technique and temperament against the likes of Ohja and Ashwin than most of the current Australian batsmen. He is also an excellent keeper, may not be as good as haddin but his combined ability with gloves and bat surpasses Haddin's. Yes he was injured for a long time but at the time of squad selection he was fit and was doing alright in domestic cricket. Just the fact that he had proven himself in India where few aussie batsmen do, should have been enough for the selectors to include him in the squad! I was completely baffled when I didnt hear his name in the squad, poor form Inverarity!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Sounds like the whole tour is to shock the players so that they will perform well at the Ashes. Good luck. Indians are happily curious.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Really .... he isn't practising his keeping but out playing baseball?? REALLY?? Has someone in the coaching department forgotten that we lost the last two test matches and that Wade needs to work on his keeping??

    With this "sudden timely occurrence" and the "potential inclusion" of Haddin, I could almost guaranty that Lyon and Doherty (outside bet ... Agar) are playing, possibly with Pattinson. Johnson and Siddle. They will say Johnson is an all rounder.

    I feel for Haddin though ..... might fly out today, arrive tomorrow, 2-days practice, then 5-Day Test Match at 35oC with no time to acclimatise. Ouch!!! I have done a lot of International Travel but this "planning" is quite harsh.

    I just wish that the selectors would just man-up and say they were wrong and put Harris on the plane too.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @ Andrew Foruria .... please note the story included his Test performances with the bat in India and Sh.Shield. They are not just looking for a keeper, but someone who can slot in at Number 6.