Australia news January 30, 2012

Australia to take two keepers to West Indies

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Matthew Wade is expected to earn a Test call-up for the tour of the West Indies in April after the national selector John Inverarity expressed his desire to have two wicketkeepers in the squad. Wade has been named in Australia's side for the first three ODIs of the upcoming tri-series while Brad Haddin rests following a long period of cricket.

Strong performances from Wade in those matches could build pressure on Haddin, 34, who has had a difficult few months with the bat and behind the stumps. The coach Mickey Arthur wants Haddin to still be around for the 2013 Ashes but Wade, 24, is also viewed as a potential Test player and averages 40.16 in first-class cricket.

Last time the Australians played Tests in the West Indies they were forced to fly Luke Ronchi in mid-tour as a standby player for Haddin, who in his debut Test series broke a finger, but battled on and played all three Tests. Inverarity said a backup gloveman was desirable for this year's Caribbean trip, which included three Tests in April.

"The West Indies is a pretty difficult place to get to from Australia, so at this stage and it will depend on the budget, but we're keen to have two keepers there throughout the West Indies tour," Inverarity said. "If a keeper breaks his hand it would probably be five days to a week before a replacement could get organised, get there, recover from jetlag and be ready to play.

"If you've got one wicketkeeper in the West Indies and two days before a Test he breaks his hand and cannot keep, what do you do?"

With Tim Paine still out due to a long-term finger injury, Wade is the logical choice as the next in line behind Haddin, although Peter Nevill of New South Wales is also pushing his case. Wade might even open the batting in the ODIs in February, as no obvious opening partner for David Warner was named in the squad with Shane Watson still injured and Shaun Marsh dropped.

Inverarity said it remained to be seen whether Haddin would return for the later stages of the one-day series against Sri Lanka and India or whether he would be better off taking a longer break. He said it was up to Haddin, who will captain the Prime Minister's XI against Sri Lanka this Friday, whether he would play any Sheffield Shield cricket in the meantime, after a lean few months with the bat in Test cricket.

"That's up to Brad. He won't be playing the next Shield match because being a Canberra lad he's captaining the side for the Prime Minister's XI," Inverarity said. "The Shield match starts the next day. I think that's a good opportunity for Brad to be able to put his feet up for a bit. I think an essential part of preparation is refreshment and the opportunity to take it easy for a time and get mentally refreshed.

"It provides a terrific opportunity for Matthew Wade. We hope Matthew Wade keeps and bats brilliantly and then we have two keepers at the level, because you never know when a wicketkeeper is going to break down. We're all for developing Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin both together."

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

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  • mcj.cricinfo on February 1, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    It's a good move to rest Haddin for a few games and give Wade a chance to show his stuff. Haddin has under performed for the last four series, his keeping has lacked consistancy, and his batting averages in those last four series have been poor: 18 (Sri Lanka), 19 (South Africa), 33 (NZ) & 28 (India). Aus has two big series next year against SA and England, it's time to groom a new keeper to be ready for those matches. Wade's 72 & man of match performance last night a good showing.

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Australia has got back to what they do best....be absolutely ruthless in team selection...while they need to cut some slack (and not too much as India is realising) for the legends...this is the way it works for Australia and cricket needs a benchmark...It could have been England/India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan....It could always be South Africa....But Australia is where Talent meets process and thats the reason why its always the most logical spot where it would gravitate to.

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I find this very Strange!! Yes I understand that West Indies is probably the hardest place to get 2 from Australian shores in International cricket but still that goes both ways & I dont recall us bringing 2 wicket keepers on any of our tours down under & our players get injured more often than most. Why wont CA just state the obvious that they are not confident in Haddin's ability as a keeper/batsman improving enough for him to play out the whole series & perform creditably! & also that they are dithering on the decision whether to drop Haddin or not. sometimes indecision can be just as costly as making a flawed decision.

  • Meety on February 1, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S - where's your sense of humour????

  • RandyOZ on January 31, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    I am so frustrated that it has taken this long. Haddin is a protected species and hacks like Arthur are allowing him to continue playing

  • Suna12 on January 31, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Hahahaha, "if the keeper breaks his hands......, then it would take five days to organise another keeper". i do not understand why he is saying that, it sounds he knows everything.it is like the story where a man is hitting his son, when the poor child wants to know the reason, the man says in case you break the jar. I think Haddin is the most stylish batsman in the Australian line-up.Therefore, i do not think they cab omit him easily.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    @Lozzanova: Have a closer look at that picture!The ball is not heading towards Wade but is instead flying square of the wicket because the batsman presumably cut a wide ball towards point. Wade's hands have moved to that position to cover the widish ball and is facing the other way to keep his eyes on the ball flying square! Your view could do with some adjustment! ;)

  • Andross on January 31, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    @ Lozzanova - I'd say the ball has just been cut, given the relative positions of the stumps, gloves and the ball.

    Good luck to Wade, I hope he does well, Haddin is really going to need to answer some questions if he has a bad tour of WI, and it's good that they're grooming Wade to take over.

  • dsig3 on January 30, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    A brilliant way of putting Haddin on notice without appearing to do so.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (January 30 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) - "Wade should have been Gilchrist's replacement" - that is FAR & AWAY the dumbest comment you have made on this site EVER! Wade had not even played a full season of Shield cricket - in fact he had been playing shield for about 3 mths, by the time Gilly retired. Haddin was in the middle of a great run of form where for about four or five years in a row he averaged around 60 with the bat. @Lozzanova - LOL!

  • mcj.cricinfo on February 1, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    It's a good move to rest Haddin for a few games and give Wade a chance to show his stuff. Haddin has under performed for the last four series, his keeping has lacked consistancy, and his batting averages in those last four series have been poor: 18 (Sri Lanka), 19 (South Africa), 33 (NZ) & 28 (India). Aus has two big series next year against SA and England, it's time to groom a new keeper to be ready for those matches. Wade's 72 & man of match performance last night a good showing.

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Australia has got back to what they do best....be absolutely ruthless in team selection...while they need to cut some slack (and not too much as India is realising) for the legends...this is the way it works for Australia and cricket needs a benchmark...It could have been England/India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan....It could always be South Africa....But Australia is where Talent meets process and thats the reason why its always the most logical spot where it would gravitate to.

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I find this very Strange!! Yes I understand that West Indies is probably the hardest place to get 2 from Australian shores in International cricket but still that goes both ways & I dont recall us bringing 2 wicket keepers on any of our tours down under & our players get injured more often than most. Why wont CA just state the obvious that they are not confident in Haddin's ability as a keeper/batsman improving enough for him to play out the whole series & perform creditably! & also that they are dithering on the decision whether to drop Haddin or not. sometimes indecision can be just as costly as making a flawed decision.

  • Meety on February 1, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S - where's your sense of humour????

  • RandyOZ on January 31, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    I am so frustrated that it has taken this long. Haddin is a protected species and hacks like Arthur are allowing him to continue playing

  • Suna12 on January 31, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Hahahaha, "if the keeper breaks his hands......, then it would take five days to organise another keeper". i do not understand why he is saying that, it sounds he knows everything.it is like the story where a man is hitting his son, when the poor child wants to know the reason, the man says in case you break the jar. I think Haddin is the most stylish batsman in the Australian line-up.Therefore, i do not think they cab omit him easily.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    @Lozzanova: Have a closer look at that picture!The ball is not heading towards Wade but is instead flying square of the wicket because the batsman presumably cut a wide ball towards point. Wade's hands have moved to that position to cover the widish ball and is facing the other way to keep his eyes on the ball flying square! Your view could do with some adjustment! ;)

  • Andross on January 31, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    @ Lozzanova - I'd say the ball has just been cut, given the relative positions of the stumps, gloves and the ball.

    Good luck to Wade, I hope he does well, Haddin is really going to need to answer some questions if he has a bad tour of WI, and it's good that they're grooming Wade to take over.

  • dsig3 on January 30, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    A brilliant way of putting Haddin on notice without appearing to do so.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (January 30 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) - "Wade should have been Gilchrist's replacement" - that is FAR & AWAY the dumbest comment you have made on this site EVER! Wade had not even played a full season of Shield cricket - in fact he had been playing shield for about 3 mths, by the time Gilly retired. Haddin was in the middle of a great run of form where for about four or five years in a row he averaged around 60 with the bat. @Lozzanova - LOL!

  • on January 30, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @Lozzanova - I know you're having a laugh, but it looks to me like he's midway through taking a ball only for the batsman to cut it late and hard through point, leaving the keeper's body and hands in position for the take and his head watching the ball head off in the other direction...

  • Aussieresurgance on January 30, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Even if Haddin was making consistent runs (which he isnt) he is still not doing the number 1 job he is there for - taking every catch that comes his way! The leadership contribution is unnecessary with Ponting, Hussey and Clarke all sharp enough to contribute, a promising intellect in Cowan, a young Warner who apparently is a future captain and a bowling unit that suddenly looks very promising. That is all without Watson present. Tell me why Haddin's VC status is so essential to future plans again? The selectors need to pause and consider how different this is to the rationale (or lack there of) applied by the previous group...Pick on form please - Wade in. Stop talking of Paine until he is back catching and scoring. Ronchi was very promising witht he bat, and sharp behind the stumps, and then suddenly nothing - same with Hartley. Wade is the man!

  • Lozzanova on January 30, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Judging by that picture, Wade's glovework could do with some adjustment. Looks like he's about to cop one on middle stump!

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    why not luke rouchi he was the one who can change any game at any time... like gilchrist .

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    I personally like Haddin a lot. I like to watch him bat when he is on fire, especially in the ODIs. Also, to the people saying that Tim Paine must be 'shattered', he wasn't picked due to a finger injury.

  • AidanFX on January 30, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    What the hec is with Watson - did he lose his leg? Did it drop off? What kind of killer "calf" or "hamstring" injury does he have? He really is letting the side down. Aus were great against Ind - but the #3 position is compromised with his absence... He is so important for 50 Over cricket it is not funny

  • Dashgar on January 30, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Gotta love Inverarity. Eye for the future but not dumping the old guys Katich style. Let Wade prove he's better than Haddin.

  • Skott on January 30, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Brad Haddin still needs developing? Bit late for that, isn't it?

  • spongebat_squarestumps on January 30, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Erm...how exactly is having Haddin captain the Prime Minister's XI "resting"him?

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    With Marsh is such terrible form why not just bat Wade at no.6 against WI & let the best in form player take over... With Haddin's batting style similar to a baseballers it wouldn't take too long to work out who is the better craftsman...

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... I wish you & Daniel Brettig could get your stories right - you have Haddin playing Friday they taking a spell while Brettig has Haddin playing Saturday & Monday for NSW... Come on boys get the facts right & keep us accurately informed instead of this mishmash writing...

  • rawr94 on January 30, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Paine must be absolutely shattered...

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Its interesting that two best batsmen in Shield cricket this season are wicket keepers in Wade & Neville. Wade looks to be the right player at the right place at the right time.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 30, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Wade should have been Gilchrist's replacement. Haddin should never have played a test. It is more than overdue for Wade to make his test debut and finally we can be rid of the burden that is Brad bumbles Haddin. I can guarantee that fielding standards for the side as a whole will increase tenfold with a competent keeper for a change.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Haddin is a man who more want to speak and less to give performance give Wade chance he will prove out to be a good man behind the wicket but keep in mind that Australia is not going to get perfect replacement of the king behind wicket "GILLY" In 2 or 3 yrs it will take time

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    if you dont get rid of haddin now our wicketkeeping will be the laughing stock of world cricket.

  • Buggsy on January 30, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Watson is STILL injured? This is getting ridiculous.

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  • Buggsy on January 30, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Watson is STILL injured? This is getting ridiculous.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    if you dont get rid of haddin now our wicketkeeping will be the laughing stock of world cricket.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Haddin is a man who more want to speak and less to give performance give Wade chance he will prove out to be a good man behind the wicket but keep in mind that Australia is not going to get perfect replacement of the king behind wicket "GILLY" In 2 or 3 yrs it will take time

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 30, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Wade should have been Gilchrist's replacement. Haddin should never have played a test. It is more than overdue for Wade to make his test debut and finally we can be rid of the burden that is Brad bumbles Haddin. I can guarantee that fielding standards for the side as a whole will increase tenfold with a competent keeper for a change.

  • Meety on January 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Its interesting that two best batsmen in Shield cricket this season are wicket keepers in Wade & Neville. Wade looks to be the right player at the right place at the right time.

  • rawr94 on January 30, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Paine must be absolutely shattered...

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... I wish you & Daniel Brettig could get your stories right - you have Haddin playing Friday they taking a spell while Brettig has Haddin playing Saturday & Monday for NSW... Come on boys get the facts right & keep us accurately informed instead of this mishmash writing...

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    With Marsh is such terrible form why not just bat Wade at no.6 against WI & let the best in form player take over... With Haddin's batting style similar to a baseballers it wouldn't take too long to work out who is the better craftsman...

  • spongebat_squarestumps on January 30, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Erm...how exactly is having Haddin captain the Prime Minister's XI "resting"him?

  • Skott on January 30, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Brad Haddin still needs developing? Bit late for that, isn't it?