Australia in West Indies 2012 April 1, 2012

Wade guaranteed a baggy green

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Matthew Wade has a week to contemplate his receipt of a baggy green cap after the national selectors guaranteed his place as Australia's wicketkeeper for the first Test against West Indies in Bridgetown.

In naming the team for a three-day fixture against a West Indies Board XI at the Three Ws Oval from Monday, the national selector John Inverarity rested Wade, David Warner and Michael Hussey - all three tagged for major roles against the hosts in the three Tests to follow. Peter Nevill will take the gloves in the tour match and thus walk his first steps in the national team uniform, but short of a bad training accident it will be Wade who dons the gloves at Kensington Oval from Saturday in the absence of Brad Haddin.

Though he was always the next man in line once Haddin was forced home by personal reasons to be with his family in Sydney, Wade's displays in the limited-overs matches have oscillated between the capable and the awkward. However he will gain confidence from the knowledge that his Test place is now certain.

The match offers the returning captain Michael Clarke and numerous others a chance to get acquainted with Caribbean cricket. Ed Cowan, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Michael Beer will all play their first active part in the tour, Beer allowed to bowl though nominal 12th man for what has been deemed a first-class engagement.

There is a buoyant mood around Barbados about the prospects of Darren Sammy's team following tied ODI and Twenty20 series, in which Australia's cricketers were confounded by opponents who demonstrated far more resilience than may have been anticipated. While three Tests promise to offer a much more complete examination of a team, the Australians have grown rather more guarded about the battles to be fought across the next month in Bridgetown, Port of Spain and Roseau.

Ponting, who first toured the West Indies in 1995 and has witnessed both memorable victories and stunning defeats in the region, said the team had spoken frankly of the task ahead following the undulating path followed during the limited-overs leg of the tour.

"[It is] hard to make judgements on them after just one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket," Ponting said. "The thing that always tests out countries without great depth is Test match cricket. The Kiwis are probably a really good example of that, In Twenty20 and one-day cricket they're always very competitive but once the longer version of the game comes around they find it hard to win games.

"You've got to give the Windies credit for what they did in the one-dayers and T20s here, but I guess by the end of the Test matches we'll have a better idea of where they're at. We spoke yesterday about how competitive they'll be and we have to be prepared for that.

"We're definitely not taking them for granted or taking them lightly. I guess that's a big part of my job in the next few days, to make sure we don't get too carried away with things and preparing as we would for one of the powerhouse nations in world cricket."

Led by the wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, the WICB President's XI is dotted with players of Test match ambition and potential, alongside a few experienced heads including Fidel Edwards, Devon Smith and Baugh himself. Johnson Charles and Kieran Powell have the chance to follow up on their appearances in the limited-overs matches, Powell in particular wanting to make a better impression in creams.

"I am very much looking forward to the game," Powell said, having also shrugged off illness since he was dropped from the ODI team following three slim scores. "It is a wonderful opportunity not only for me, but the other players on the team to go out there and do well.

"I have done some technical work with the coaches to help overcome some of the errors I have made, but I was sick over the last week, and did not train too much. I think things have been coming together nicely over the last few days and I believe I am in a much better place now."

WICB President's XI squad Carlton Baugh (capt, wk), Ryan Austin, Nkrumah Bonner, Johnson Charles, Kyle Corbin, Fidel Edwards, Jason Holder, Delorn Johnson, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas.

Australians Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Peter Forrest, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer (12th man but can bowl).

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Mary_786 on April 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Bring in Hughes, why isn't he in the squad

  • Mary_786 on April 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Ponting takes any opportunity to take focus from the fact that he is playing only for the money and that all his runs have come on flat tracks such as the Adelaide oval. He won't be able to stand up to the english attack in their conditions and will be forced out by the selectors just like he was for the ODI squad. Put the team first punter and retire now while you are on top. Mark my words, punter will fail in England and will be forced out by the selectors because the man is holding onto his spot selfishly and not giving other youngsters a go who are ready to represent their country. The English attack won't be as forgiving as the Indian attack.

  • Something_Witty on April 2, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I really hope people don't expect too much of Wade. Let's face it, he's NOT Adam Gilchrist. He never will be and nobody will ever be as good as Gilchrist was. More than likely the pitches will be similar to the ones in the first few ODI's. - Difficult to bat on. Don't expect too many runs from EITHER side. The fact is that Wade is far and away our best candidate (Nevill has done well but not for as long as Wade has). His glovework has impressed me every time I've seen it. He's got good footwork (both while batting and keeping) and rarely looks like dropping anything. (Hope I'm not jinxing him here). The mistake that we (both fans and selectors) have made recently is to expect youngsters to come into the side and instantly be superstars. It happened with Khawaja, I hope it doesn't happen with Wade. He needs to be given the proper opportunities and assurance of his place in the side. I hope he does well.

  • RandyOZ on April 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Great to see Wade getting a baggy green. Definitely not sold on him yet, but hope he can prove me wrong by replicating his shield form at the international level.

  • jmey97 on April 2, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i read in the paper that had dins toddler has cancer and that this is the "personal issues." Good luck to him and his family!

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Nightwing32 -- it goes without saying that everyone is hoping the best for hadds and that everything is ok

  • ravi_hari on April 2, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    An interesting and tough series for the Aussies. After the way they drubbed India the stakes are quite high but they are in a different world and playing under different conditions. Quite a few new comers will be tested. Cowan, Warner, Wade in batting and Pattinson, Lyon in bowling. Wade will also have to adjust to keeping to the variable bounce these wickets offer. Wade's personal form is also very crucial as the lack of form was one of the negatives of Haddin in the past few seasons. If Wade can contribute with a couple of 50s he will gain in confidence and will give a lot of depth to the Aussie lineup. Clarke has his task cut out as most of his players are playing for the 1st time in the Carribean and will have to adapt very quickly to perform. Anything less than 3-0 will exhibit the chinks in Aussie armour. Like Ricky said, it is the Tests which will separate the teams and his guidance should bring back the winning habits to the team. Waiting to see how Watson takes the No.3 role.

  • Dashgar on April 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Wefinishthis, Siddle is the leader of our attack and one of the best quicks in the world right now. Hilfenhaus proved this summer that he has improved a lot as well. Copeland can barely get a wicket in First Class cricket at the moment and Cutting and Coulter-Nile have been slowed down with injuries. I don't know if you're looking at the form from the 2009-10 season or something but you've got it wrong with our bowling attack.@Ras, relax about the IPL, the best players will play, those who don't are either not good enough yet or not committed to West Indies or Test cricket so wouldn't do well anyway.

  • on April 2, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Well I havent really read this article very carefully but i have heard that wade hasnt played a FC game in 4 months. I feel it is a negative decision that the team management is not giving wade a fc game for practice before the bridgetown test.

  • on April 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Wade now has the chance to impress in the tests after an average tour so far and he isn't certain to keep his job next summer. Paine is a better all round player. Despite their first class averages, Paine has a better technique for test cricket. Don't discount Haddin returning. Cricket Australia knows the strain his daughter's cancer has had on his form and will probably forgive him for that when he returns. Hope little Mia makes a full receovery!

  • Mary_786 on April 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Bring in Hughes, why isn't he in the squad

  • Mary_786 on April 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Ponting takes any opportunity to take focus from the fact that he is playing only for the money and that all his runs have come on flat tracks such as the Adelaide oval. He won't be able to stand up to the english attack in their conditions and will be forced out by the selectors just like he was for the ODI squad. Put the team first punter and retire now while you are on top. Mark my words, punter will fail in England and will be forced out by the selectors because the man is holding onto his spot selfishly and not giving other youngsters a go who are ready to represent their country. The English attack won't be as forgiving as the Indian attack.

  • Something_Witty on April 2, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I really hope people don't expect too much of Wade. Let's face it, he's NOT Adam Gilchrist. He never will be and nobody will ever be as good as Gilchrist was. More than likely the pitches will be similar to the ones in the first few ODI's. - Difficult to bat on. Don't expect too many runs from EITHER side. The fact is that Wade is far and away our best candidate (Nevill has done well but not for as long as Wade has). His glovework has impressed me every time I've seen it. He's got good footwork (both while batting and keeping) and rarely looks like dropping anything. (Hope I'm not jinxing him here). The mistake that we (both fans and selectors) have made recently is to expect youngsters to come into the side and instantly be superstars. It happened with Khawaja, I hope it doesn't happen with Wade. He needs to be given the proper opportunities and assurance of his place in the side. I hope he does well.

  • RandyOZ on April 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Great to see Wade getting a baggy green. Definitely not sold on him yet, but hope he can prove me wrong by replicating his shield form at the international level.

  • jmey97 on April 2, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i read in the paper that had dins toddler has cancer and that this is the "personal issues." Good luck to him and his family!

  • jonesy2 on April 2, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Nightwing32 -- it goes without saying that everyone is hoping the best for hadds and that everything is ok

  • ravi_hari on April 2, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    An interesting and tough series for the Aussies. After the way they drubbed India the stakes are quite high but they are in a different world and playing under different conditions. Quite a few new comers will be tested. Cowan, Warner, Wade in batting and Pattinson, Lyon in bowling. Wade will also have to adjust to keeping to the variable bounce these wickets offer. Wade's personal form is also very crucial as the lack of form was one of the negatives of Haddin in the past few seasons. If Wade can contribute with a couple of 50s he will gain in confidence and will give a lot of depth to the Aussie lineup. Clarke has his task cut out as most of his players are playing for the 1st time in the Carribean and will have to adapt very quickly to perform. Anything less than 3-0 will exhibit the chinks in Aussie armour. Like Ricky said, it is the Tests which will separate the teams and his guidance should bring back the winning habits to the team. Waiting to see how Watson takes the No.3 role.

  • Dashgar on April 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Wefinishthis, Siddle is the leader of our attack and one of the best quicks in the world right now. Hilfenhaus proved this summer that he has improved a lot as well. Copeland can barely get a wicket in First Class cricket at the moment and Cutting and Coulter-Nile have been slowed down with injuries. I don't know if you're looking at the form from the 2009-10 season or something but you've got it wrong with our bowling attack.@Ras, relax about the IPL, the best players will play, those who don't are either not good enough yet or not committed to West Indies or Test cricket so wouldn't do well anyway.

  • on April 2, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Well I havent really read this article very carefully but i have heard that wade hasnt played a FC game in 4 months. I feel it is a negative decision that the team management is not giving wade a fc game for practice before the bridgetown test.

  • on April 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Wade now has the chance to impress in the tests after an average tour so far and he isn't certain to keep his job next summer. Paine is a better all round player. Despite their first class averages, Paine has a better technique for test cricket. Don't discount Haddin returning. Cricket Australia knows the strain his daughter's cancer has had on his form and will probably forgive him for that when he returns. Hope little Mia makes a full receovery!

  • Nightwing32 on April 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    To the users that say stuff about Haddin. You don't want to be in his situation. No one does. Hope everything goes well for him.

    All pressure is going to be on Wade but he'll do well.

  • Dav1daKing on April 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    S. Gabriel, L. Johnson, C Barnwell, J. Charles and D. Thomas)

  • Dav1daKing on April 2, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    amm i the only 1 noticing the strategy by Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to be release to play IPL??? both are beeing very poor with the bat to go and make sum money in India..... bet you'll hear that Pollard, Narine and Russell isn't in the test frame just like Dwayne Bravo announced at the post match interview of the last t20. Sadly we'll have to do without so many players all because of $$$$$$$$... Hope we'll still prevail, we'll still have a strong team, alot of good players to choose from, but based on the players i the wilderness and who i think is going to IPL, my best team for the test series : 1. Barrath, 2. Brathwaite, 3.K.Edwards, 4.Deonarine, 5.Chanderpaul, 6.Ramdin, 7.Sammy, 8.Rampaul, 9.Roach, 10.Bishoo, 11.F. Edwards, (12th man Fudadid, 13, Shillingford, 14.Holder) NB: Nash but i'm not certain as to what is going on with him. and then they are the players who are so unlucky (Carter, Permaul, Dwayne Smith,O. Brown, Miller, Benn, Dorwich, Kantasingh, Cotterrell....

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @Wefinishthis - I look forward to the day the bowlers you mentioned as being lucky exceed the level of performance that Siddle & Hilfenhaus have reached. I infer from your comments you are not a Siddle fan, but I think he deserves a fair bit of credit for being "reborn" this summer. If he continues that form into the WIndies, he must tour England in 2013.

  • Nerk on April 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Should be a good series. Last time these teams took each other on in a test series it was closer than the scoreline suggested, and the Windies have improved since then. Cant wait!

  • Wefinishthis on April 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Fantastic that we're seeing the two best w/k-batsmen in Australia Wade and Nevill getting a fair go. Haddin has become an old walking wicket with the bat and has dropped one too many important catches and Tim Paine is not a batsman. For the first time in a long time the Australian selectors have actually got it right. Now if only we can find a way to get rid of Siddle, Starc and Hilfenhaus and get Steve O'Keefe and David Hussey in there somehow (Rogers, Copeland, Cutting and Coulter-Nile have been unlucky as well).

  • Dashgar on April 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Good luck Wadey, I'm sure you'll go awesome. Hopefully the NSP give him plenty of time cos he's earnt a proper opportunity in the baggy green and could be a star for many years.

  • dsig3 on April 2, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    This was obvious from the time Haddin decided to go walkabout. Hard pressed to see the NSB pick Nevill ahead of Wade at this point in time.

  • on April 2, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    poor tim paine. Injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

  • on April 2, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Why on earth is he being rested? He needs all the time out in the middle he can get in those different conditions...

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    It was highly unlikely Neville would of been anything but a stand in for an injury scenario. Wade definately needed a rest. Don't like this match not being an official FC match, but given the short nature of the Test part of the tour, it's a necessary evil.

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  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    It was highly unlikely Neville would of been anything but a stand in for an injury scenario. Wade definately needed a rest. Don't like this match not being an official FC match, but given the short nature of the Test part of the tour, it's a necessary evil.

  • on April 2, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Why on earth is he being rested? He needs all the time out in the middle he can get in those different conditions...

  • on April 2, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    poor tim paine. Injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

  • dsig3 on April 2, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    This was obvious from the time Haddin decided to go walkabout. Hard pressed to see the NSB pick Nevill ahead of Wade at this point in time.

  • Dashgar on April 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Good luck Wadey, I'm sure you'll go awesome. Hopefully the NSP give him plenty of time cos he's earnt a proper opportunity in the baggy green and could be a star for many years.

  • Wefinishthis on April 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Fantastic that we're seeing the two best w/k-batsmen in Australia Wade and Nevill getting a fair go. Haddin has become an old walking wicket with the bat and has dropped one too many important catches and Tim Paine is not a batsman. For the first time in a long time the Australian selectors have actually got it right. Now if only we can find a way to get rid of Siddle, Starc and Hilfenhaus and get Steve O'Keefe and David Hussey in there somehow (Rogers, Copeland, Cutting and Coulter-Nile have been unlucky as well).

  • Nerk on April 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Should be a good series. Last time these teams took each other on in a test series it was closer than the scoreline suggested, and the Windies have improved since then. Cant wait!

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @Wefinishthis - I look forward to the day the bowlers you mentioned as being lucky exceed the level of performance that Siddle & Hilfenhaus have reached. I infer from your comments you are not a Siddle fan, but I think he deserves a fair bit of credit for being "reborn" this summer. If he continues that form into the WIndies, he must tour England in 2013.

  • Dav1daKing on April 2, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    amm i the only 1 noticing the strategy by Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels to be release to play IPL??? both are beeing very poor with the bat to go and make sum money in India..... bet you'll hear that Pollard, Narine and Russell isn't in the test frame just like Dwayne Bravo announced at the post match interview of the last t20. Sadly we'll have to do without so many players all because of $$$$$$$$... Hope we'll still prevail, we'll still have a strong team, alot of good players to choose from, but based on the players i the wilderness and who i think is going to IPL, my best team for the test series : 1. Barrath, 2. Brathwaite, 3.K.Edwards, 4.Deonarine, 5.Chanderpaul, 6.Ramdin, 7.Sammy, 8.Rampaul, 9.Roach, 10.Bishoo, 11.F. Edwards, (12th man Fudadid, 13, Shillingford, 14.Holder) NB: Nash but i'm not certain as to what is going on with him. and then they are the players who are so unlucky (Carter, Permaul, Dwayne Smith,O. Brown, Miller, Benn, Dorwich, Kantasingh, Cotterrell....

  • Dav1daKing on April 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    S. Gabriel, L. Johnson, C Barnwell, J. Charles and D. Thomas)