Australia in India 2012-13

Haddin called in as cover for injured Wade

Brydon Coverdale

March 11, 2013

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Brad Haddin reacts after dropping Gautam Gambhir, Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 3rd day, January 5, 2012
Brad Haddin could play his first Test in more than a year if Matthew Wade doesn't recover in time for the Mohali match © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by ygkd 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.

Posted by landl47 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.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge 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.

Posted by InsideHedge 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by joseyesu 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.

Posted by mylife4cricket 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.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan 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?

Posted by harry414 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 ! ! !

Posted by reddawn1975 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.

Posted by landl47 on (March 11, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

I suppose Haddin being called in isn't any surprise. It's a sign of the times, though, when the best reserve wk/batsman in Aus is 35.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 11, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

Well. Looking into how the young guns played spin bowling, Haddin should have flew in as a proper batsman itself. He is one who can attack spin and do it consistently. A blessing in disguise for Australia. Wade didn't do as bad against spin. Any chance both might play if Wade recovers miraculously?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

I simply do not understand the thought processes of the selectors .... they know that they are going to India, they know that India will prepare spinners wickets, they then take a spinner who has struggled with spin all summer and do not take a back up and then select some second rate spinners.

Now you come up with the line .... "The intention has always been for both Wade and Haddin to be taken on the long Ashes tour later this year."

Long tour?!?!? The Ashes Series consists of five tests and the 1st Test starts on July 10 which is 3.5 months away .... meanwhile they take a tour team to India, without a second keeper, that immediately following a 6 Test Summerand two ODI Tours.

Go figure!!!

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (March 11, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

I would say blessing in disguise for Aus. Haddin sure is better batsman than Wade at #6. And ofcourse his keeping to spinners is much batter than Wade. And this does matter on turning & bouncing tracks (bouncing from roughs).

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

He is only capable wicket keeping Batsmen to survive in india... Also Ben Hilfenhaus have to fly to india and replace injured Bird. Cowan must put down the orde at 5, watson and warner should open. Khawaja at 3, clarke at 4, Haddin at 6, steve smith at 7, Henriques at 8, Johnson at 9, Pattinson and Hilfenhaus ( if return ) otherwise Get in Mitchell Starc.

Posted by shwet14 on (March 11, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

I really wonder as to why the teams indulge into such sports activities which can lead to such unfortunate injuries. Getting injured in match situation is one, and having to miss a game in this manner is altogether nonsensical. Why do coaches allow such games to be played in the first place? Wade is not first one and certainly will not be the last to miss out in such manner. Clearly remember guys like Rohit Sharma, Yuvi, McGrath getting injured in football games played in between tests and missing out. Sure, ther are other less riskier ways to remain fit...

Posted by Ind_cric_lover on (March 11, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for Australia ?

Posted by 5_day_tragic on (March 11, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Can confirm Hadds on his way...saw him at the Sydney int. departures . Another right hander won't hurt.

Posted by luks on (March 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

Haddin should have been in the team as a batsman to start with. Only player other than Clarke who is comfortable against spin.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 11, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Despite wade's two test centuries, he should not be in the Australian set up at all, with his keeping being abysmal. If ever an excuse was viable or justified, the excuse of wade losing us an imperative test in the context of rankings, the Adelaide test against SA, is completely truthful. Just from memory, he missed the stumping of smith who went on to make a century, and dropped faf twice on day 5, and I'm still sure there's more.

This would be great news, but yet again, the selectors blunder and select a has been that is 35. If ever there was a contradiction to their policies, selecting a 35 year old who has no real great form with the gloves, going against preferring youth and form. If Haddin is selected, why is chris Rogers not preferred over Watson or Cowan? He's scored three centuries this season and has a FC average of 50.

Tim Paine, along with o'keefe, rogers and d hussey must wonder what they've done to make the selectors hate them so much.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 11, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

Haddin is batting well, yes, but how is his glovework? That's his main job after all. It's still probably better than Wade's glovework which still has a long way to go.

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