Australia in India 2012-13 March 11, 2013

Haddin called in as cover for injured Wade


Brad Haddin could be in line to play his first Test in more than a year after Cricket Australia confirmed he would fly to India to be on standby for the injured Matthew Wade.

Haddin was due to leave Australia on Monday to join the squad after scans revealed Wade had suffered a sprained right ankle while playing basketball with team-mates and support staff in Chandigarh on Saturday. Although Wade has not yet been ruled out of the third Test, which starts in Mohali on Thursday, he must now be considered in serious doubt.

"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," the team physio, Alex Kountouris, said. "A final decision on whether he will be available for the third Test will be made closer to the match."

Wade has been Australia's preferred Test wicketkeeper since the tour of the West Indies last April. On that tour, he and a struggling Haddin would have been vying for the job for the first Test in Barbados, but Haddin was a late withdrawal from the trip as he flew home to be with his seriously ill daughter.

Despite his age - Haddin turned 35 in October last year - the selectors remained keen on having him around Australian cricket and he played limited-overs matches during the summer when Wade was rested. The intention has always been for both Wade and Haddin to be taken on the long Ashes tour later this year.

Haddin's Sheffield Shield form this summer has been strong and he has scored 468 runs at an average of 52.00 with two centuries. His most recent Test was the Adelaide Test against India in January last year, in a series which Australia won 4-0.

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

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  • Philip on March 12, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    I would say there were a number of better alternative wk/bats who are quite a bit younger than 35, but an aging Haddin will have to do. Therefore, this says more about the selectors thought processes than the options available, which included Paine, Hartley and Ludeman. Any one of those three could reasonably have been in the touring squad in the first place with Wade as a stand-alone bat and keeping back-up.

  • John on March 12, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    In a dramatic announcement today, it was revealed that Haddin has also been called in as cover for Watson and Khawaja. If only he could bowl, he could cover for Pattinson and Johnson, too.

  • j on March 11, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Australia just keep turning back to the players they've previously disgarded. Their cupboard is completely empty. They need to give the gloves to Phil Hughes, right after they've made him captain.

  • Sanjay on March 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Assuming he arrives in time, Haddin is a cert for the 3rd Test. Even if Wade recovers, they could use Haddin as a batsman. And Phil Hughes survives too - he can thank his powerpoint skills for that!

    I suppose Starc will play too given Patto is out, I feel Patto was going to break down anyways, the enforced layoff will see him fully fit for the 4th Test - by then the series may well be over. The Aussies have cleverly put all the pressure on India to win the 3rd Test.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    With Johnson, Watson, Khawaja & Pattison dumped, IF Wade is fit we might have him playing as an allrounder. Apparently he can bowl a bit.

  • joseph on March 11, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    It would be a pain for anybody to be added in these situation. Wish him a good luck.

  • cric on March 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Foolish decision to pick Haddin and he knows he cant hang around with the bat too long. I think Paine deserved a chance here.

  • sri on March 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    haddin is better batsman than wade but not sure about his keeping skills. but they need haddin more than wade. Also what happend to tim paine?

  • harish on March 11, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Australian cricket is on a brink of a major continental drift, all the best for the new generation players who have failed as much as their seniors have brought the Cricket Australia Glory...Hopeful that the lack lustre shine would be kept at bay following the misery from the first couple of tests... and welcome back Brad Haddin, please do come back with a Bang Hero ! ! !

  • matt on March 11, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Yeah i agree with you Mitty2 if where Paine O'Keefe and Rogers i would be feeling a touch ripped of they are great players that would i think play very well in India and also Hilfy he would offer some good swing in India not just straight up and down for the Indian batsmen to smash.I think its unbelievable Mitch Johnson is not playing he was in good touch in Australia i really think we need better selectors i think the current ones have lost the plot.