Australia in West Indies 2012

Haddin not returning to West Indies

Brydon Coverdale

March 23, 2012

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Matthew Wade at a net session, Melbourne, March 1, 2012
Matthew Wade is expected to make his Test debut in Barbados © Getty Images

Matthew Wade is expected to make his Test debut against West Indies next month after Cricket Australia confirmed Brad Haddin would not return to the tour. In a statement, Cricket Australia cited "family reasons" for Haddin's decision not to rejoin the squad after he flew home from the Caribbean ahead of the first ODI.

Wade was Australia's first-choice gloveman for the limited-overs portion of the tour but the selector Rod Marsh indicated last week that Haddin remained the No.1 wicketkeeper in the Test side. The following day, Haddin flew home for personal reasons.

"Cricket Australia fully supports Brad's decision to remain in Australia and sends its best wishes to him and his family at this time," the general manager of team performance, Pat Howard, said after Haddin confirmed he would not return to the tour.

The New South Wales wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will remain with the squad for the Test portion of the tour, having flown in to replace Haddin for the one-dayers. But having impressed during over the past two months in the shorter formats, Wade will be the clear first choice for the first Test, which begins on April 7 in Barbados.

While the precise reason for Haddin's decision to remain at home is unclear, it does raise serious doubts over whether his international career will continue. Australia's next Test series is not until the 2012-13 home summer, when they face South Africa, by which time Haddin will be 35 and will no longer be the incumbent in any format.

Meanwhile, Australia's captain Michael Clarke has been ruled fit to join the squad for the Test series after being sidelined from the one-dayers due to a hamstring injury. Clarke will fly out of Sydney on Sunday ahead of the three-Test series.

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Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@Fourworldcups, @tanstell87: I just read your last comments and its getting quite funny now. This is a sport so your both going to have examples of series won and lost. If we take a look at the history then us Aussies have it over India. In Test cricket Aus have beat India about 36 times (compared with the 20 that India have won) and in ODIs Aus have won 61 (compared with the 36 that India have won). India have beat us Aussies in more T20 games (2 wins to 1) so have the slight edge. Im sure there will be plenty of exciting series in the future too but for now lets just enjoy playing the West Indies (esp that explosive batting order).

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 26, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

back at Fourworldcups then : hey so you want me to go back & pick results of 20 years...just like your team had horror runs in those mentioned 2 years...India had two disasters in England & Australia....the England favour was returned by India in ODI series in India when a young India team trashed Poms 5-0...India defeated Australia 4-0 in 2008 & 2010(2-0 & 2-0) i dont think your team is that great...anyways on current form I would say India,South Africa ,Sri Lanka & Pakistan are top 4 teams in Odis with South Africa & England topping tests....i would say Australia would come behind India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka & South Africa in Odis..& behind England/South Africa/India & Pakistan is tests...anyways keep dreaming about the number 1 tag for it your team are no World Champions anymore in any format...!

Posted by smudgeon on (March 26, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Love your work, Fourworldcups! Some people are just blind to the obvious, huh?

Posted by Fourworldcups on (March 25, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

back at Tanstell then: You seem to be bringing up matches from around 2 years ago mostly there, a period which most would agree was probably the lowest ebb Aus has had since the 80s. I love how being 2-1 down in a 5 match ODI series is a trashing, whereas losing 8 away tests on the trot, all of them by a huge margin, is just a glitch lol. Looking at current results once again for away matches, India 0-4 in England, 0-4 in Aus, last in the CB series, last in the Asia cup. Aus: win in SL, tie in SA. We can see clearly there who the home track bullies are (like there was any doubt). AUS, Pakistan, England, South Africa and probably SL are clearly far better than India. But keep on digging there champ :)

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 25, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

@fourworldcups - you should read everything....i wrote India wins everything at home & have not lost at home since 2004 in tests....& your minnow team was trashed by England 3-1(remember that) in 2009 in England...your team got hammered 2-0 twice in 2008 & 2010 at hands of ODIs , India beat Australia in 2008 in CB Series(remember that)....South Africa trashed Australia in 2009 ODI series both in Australia as well as in South Africa...Sri Lanka beat your team 2-1 in November 2010...India beat your team 1-0 in October 2010...England beat your team in August 2010...Sri Lanka beat your team 4-3 in CB Series 2012...currently West Indies who have never beaten any team except for Bangladesh & Zimbabwe in last 10 years is trashing your team in West bottomline is apart from 8-0 & few ODIs...India has been winning everything & not like your home track bully team which barely manages to win at home & are trashed away...!

Posted by smudgeon on (March 24, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Thanks Zenboomerang, you've got more info than i have. My only worry about Tim coming back for the Tigers in 12-13 is that the excellent Tom Triffitt & Brady Jones (just scored 148 in grade cricket) will get benched. Not sure what they're putting in the water down here, but Tassie has produced a handful of very good keepers in the last few years...

Posted by JaferChohan on (March 24, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Matthew Wade is a great player and wicketkeeper.And he's times the ball beautifully. Now lets see if he can play at the highest level.I think Matthew Wade is a great puller. He just stays so tall when he's playing the shot.He has got a great talent.

Posted by Fourworldcups on (March 24, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

@Tanstell . Not to be vindictive, but lets recap here. Aus over the last 12 months Won in SL, Tied in SA, Tied with NZ at Home, Thrashed India 4-0 (you remember that?), not to mention winning the ODI's along the way as well. India has been pounded 4-0 twice, came last in the CB series, barely beat WI at home and just got knocked out of the Asia Cup by BL in their home conditions. Lets keep some perspective of who is the minnow team, eh?

As for Haddin, despite his struggles I'm sad to see him go (if this is indeed the end of his career, the door isn't necessarily closed). Such a classy bat when on song.

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 24, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

@Smudgeon... Re: Paine... Yes all healed - saw the speciallist 4 weeks ago & gave him the 100% bone healed verdict... Still, it will take time for tendons & muscles to rebuild back up... Paine had his batting glove remade by Slazenger so that his finger has more padding around it - took out the breathing mesh... Paine said that he's looking to play in the Darwin comp this winter to get fitness back up to FC standards... He lost his IPL contract, so not sure what is happening there... Wouldn't mind seeing him up for Test squad consideration if his comeback is all good...

Posted by Ian_Mac on (March 24, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

smudgeon ,,, ,,, my info is that he is batting ONLY ,,, very gingerly, with HUGE amounts of padding. Are you able to add more info? As you are no doubt aware, he has supposedly been "fully healed" on at least 2 previous occasions. I fear we may have lost a potentially brilliant Oz cricketer.

Posted by Meety on (March 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

@Bollo - curious, how do you know this?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

How far is Tim Paines recovery. will he return or not

Posted by smudgeon on (March 24, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

Ian Mac, Paine actually played grade cricket recently. All healed up, apparently. Expect to see him back for Tassie in 2012-2013...

Posted by Booniedoon on (March 24, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

I wonder if there was an Ian Healy in shield cricket at the moment if he would picked? Gilchrist has forever changed what we look for in a keeper, that being an extra batsman first, keeper second. The thing is I don't think any of the current keepers are heads and shoulders above another in terms of batting at the moment. Hartley's efforts amongst a strong cast in the shield final on the background of his experience especially in the longer format entitle him to at least some consideration. We've spent so much time experimenting trying to find our next solid spinner but without a sound gloveman that task will be so much harder. He is that, and he has shown he can knuckle down and bat well when it counts. I feel like the selectors are constantly on the lookout for the next young entertainer. But interest in cricket has waned despite this. If they pick a side that can challenge England there will be plenty of interest. It's a big decision.

Posted by ygkd on (March 24, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

My question with Ronchi was not so much where he is going but why? NZ selectors seem to be struggling to choose between Watling and van Wyk. Then there was Young not so long ago. Why would Ronchi think he'd have a better chance there than here? Not that I blame him for trying. At the end of the day that's all you can do. Wicketkeeping needs a voice. That someone with the sublime glovework of Manou never played more at the highest level is beyond my comprehension so I'm giving up trying to understand it. I'll say no more.

Posted by Aodaliya2 on (March 24, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Yep been wondering the same thing, why all the talk about Wade, he's averaging 24 over 15 ODI's but articles keep talking about the great job he's been doing. Haddin averages over 31 in ODI's. The selectors need to wake upin the past we have seen them push older players out of the team, Boarder, Waugh, Healy, but the simple fact was that there were better younger players to take their place, not so with the axings of Ponting and Haddin. I know they are getting on and they need to be replaced some time in the next few years but please look for the right replacements and if there aren't any who are good enough leave them alone.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 24, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

Hartley goes on the long list of Australian wicketkeepers who miss out because they aren't from NSW. Of course, Darren Berry and Manou are topping that list.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

After watching Wade throwing his wicket away tonight against WI, I'll take even an out of form Haddin over him any day.

Posted by Ian_Mac on (March 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I think it's time to forget about PAINE. He will NEVER play ANY grade of cricket again with the injuries to his finger. His ONLY chance of ever playing any cricket again would be amputation. That was suggested to him many months ago and he declined. With amputation, he could have been back on the park within approx 6 weeks.

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@ Giovaughn Wilson - why do you guys bring in India everytime ? just because your poor Aussies team is no longer a force to reckon with you bring India here.....yeah India won the World Cup at home...whats wrong with that....did Australia win at home in 1992....& for your kind information India did win World Cup in England in 1983 & WC T20 in 2007 in South dont blame India for poor performances of your minnow team....India atleast wins at home...but your team loses at home & away too & yes India are World Champions & they kicked Australia out from World Cup 2011 & World Cup T20 2007!

Posted by Bollo on (March 23, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

David Dawson (UNSW/NSW/former Tas) best gloveman in Aus at the moment.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

@ Kaze. Just one comment. 3-1 down under. Deal with it m8.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

The best gloveman Australia has had since Gilly retired is Graham Manou. He only played 1 test, that was on foreign soil. We have had to put up with a lower standard of 'keeping due to the desire to have an extra batsman who can wear the gloves. Wade isn't a very good 'keeper. Glad when Paine gets back.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 23, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Adam Gilchrist is quite simply irreplaceable. I think it is blasphemy to compare the Wades and Warners to the great man or even expect anyone else to be like him. It is a combination of several factors that made one Gilchrist and only a reincarnationt can bring together such qualities again in a man. Whatever the reason is for Brad Haddin's return home, I wish him and his family the very best of luck.

Posted by Kaze on (March 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge It's fine that the English have all those things, but even with those things I don;t recall an Australian side getting whitewashed by Pakistan :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

sorry wrong article was 2 caught up by my venting lol

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Where was our vision when we were world champions? hmm ? India won a few series in India & they became 'world champions' both in terms of Cricket & finances we dominated the cricket world for 2 decades & now we are the paupers among the paupers both in terms of cricket & finances lol what a bloody joke!! why didnt it occur to anyone during the Golden Era that 'hey we wont be this good forever so why dont we come up with methods to ensure that even if we get weaker other teams will still be weaker than us' Then some smart fellow could have responded ' Why not create a tournament as a distraction that causes conflict & confusion between cricket boards & players every year so they wont be able to play their best players in International cricket all the time & when they do they are so worn out or technically unsound that they wont be much good anymore, that is sure to make us look better as a cricketing nation, We may even earn a few extra bucks while we're at it lol'

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 23, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

What would the Aussies give for any member of the England team right now? Try telling me with a straight face you wouldn't want the undisputed best bowling unit of the last few years in your squad? Or the undisputed best wicket keeper/batsman? Or any of the others? Oh these are golden days for any English supporter!

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 23, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

Sad news for Haddin & family... There never is a good time for this to happen, but for Brad it probably came at the worse time possible for his career - double bad news but family is always much more important than work...

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Comments about Paine: the hand has fully healed & is back batting, but will need more time... Missing so much cricket has put his Test selection out the window for now - maybe the Aust A tour of England this winter?... Paine (@31.6) may be the better keeper but his FC batting is way below Wades (@40) & Neville (45) while Hartley (@31.6) will need a repeat season to make selectors look at him - thought age is probably against him now (as Ronchi realised) & so don't see the selectors changing the Wade/Nevill option until the SA Test series in Nov...

Posted by KingofRedLions on (March 23, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Hartley. Please, please, please.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

This is the end of Brad Haddin's test career. History seems to be repeating itself when Gilchrist replaced Healy in 1999.

Posted by smudgeon on (March 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

youngkeepersdad, Ronchi is off to chance his hand in NZ after he's passed the international exclusion period. I think that's later this year.

Posted by RoJayao on (March 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Amazing to read from some posters there are still reservations about Wade. I think he has done an excellent job! Keeping been good and batting showing promise. Gilchrist he isn't but then there have never been any others like him! Give Wade a break and lose your agendas you lot!

Posted by featurewriter on (March 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Wade has earned his spot in Haddin's absence. I still think Chris Hartley is the best gloveman in the country, and he probably would have gone to the Windies instead of Nevill had it not been for the Shield final. His batting is more like Rod Marsh than Adam Gilchrist, and that's the problem these days...we were blessed with a once-in-a-generation player and now we keep searching for a similar replacement. It's good that the standard has been raised, but we are at risk of running through contenders as we did with the spinners afternWarne retired.

Posted by Baundele on (March 23, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Wade is an inconsistent player. When he is in form, he looks great. When he is out of form, he looks pathetic. Wish him all the best; but his history says he is not good enough as an Australian keeper. Tim Paine had class, and could easily be the best choice. Injury. :(

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

think this is a sign that he should retire. Wade should be the number one glovemen and then Tim paine. Peter nevill may overtake him as he has earned it. Australia cricket looking at a shift of keepers. Expect matthew wade to be at the top level for at least 10 years at the age of 24 now, has many things to achieve.

Posted by ygkd on (March 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

If Paine is injured, surely Hartley has the form and the experience. And I don't care two hoots whether he took 50-something dismissals in a Shield season or whatever (that is largely dependent on his state's bowling attack and the nature of the home pitch rather than the keeper's ability) - Hartley just looks to have all the basics covered. Not half of them. Not three quarters. Otherwise what happened to Ronchi? Has he lost his baggy green?

Posted by Foxswoop on (March 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

@snowemu, think about it, if Chris Hartley was in WI, Qld wouldn't have (or have a hard time doing) won the Sheffield Shield!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gordo85 on (March 23, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

All I know is Wade you do need to start making some runs in the ODI series so then you can carry great form into the Tests. Nevill to me should never have been picked as a spare keeper because Hartley all along has been the best keeper at state level for some time now proberly since Darren Berry retired and he never got a single look in. And what does Hartley do when he doesn't get picked as second keeper he goes and makes a hundred and gets player of the match against Tasmania. To me Hartley who is a left hander like Wade would have been perfect instead of Nevill who's stats don't stack up in the shorter format. Also the fact Nevill is in the squad doesn't rule out Australia picking him just because he is from that state and of course Wade hasn't made too many runs currently in the ODI series but with any luck that will change. Also Hartley is 30 and that is four years younger than Haddin but yet he is experienced anyway I do hope Hartley does get a go soon even if he is from QLD.

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

wade will debut and automatically become the best keeper/batsman in tests. has that ever happened before?

Posted by Meety on (March 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

@HawK89 - firstly - luck of the draw, Paine not available due to recuperation from injury, secondly - Wade's form has been pretty good & he has done a fair job in the ODIs. Wade probably would of been behind Paine had he been fit, but them's the breaks! @kensohatter - depends on how much you rate batting v keeping skills. IMO - Paine is a very good keeper & sound batsmen, whereas Wade is a sound keeper & very good batsmen. ATM - from what I have heard Neville is a slightly better keeper than Wade, & is roughly the same as Wade as a batsmen, albeit shorter FC career. @getaclue - well said. All things considered - I'd rate Hartley ahead of Paine, but given post Gilly, batting is the slightly preferred skill, Wade & Neville are ahead of him.

Posted by ajayrcs on (March 23, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Great news for Brad Haddin because Wade will prove his disability to play spin even in Test (after watching him play against Sunil Narine) which will force Australia to bring back Haddin Best Australian Wicketkeeper Batsman In Australia for at least next Five years. This series also showed that how much Australia desperately needed Ponting. It will be funny if Australian Board bring back Ponting and he will show his back to ACB by retiring like Dravid did in ODI.

Posted by whitesXI on (March 23, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

I can only hope that Wade now gets an extended run to find some stability in the side. I can't be more annoyed at the decision to move Wade up and down the order to accommodate more experienced team members, Wade and Warner were only just beginning to find their feet as an opening pair, getting to know how each others playing style and build a partnership, all of which I would have thought would be crucial points for young players establishing themselves in a new squad and format.

Posted by akash_mehta15 on (March 23, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

wade was the only option available. he hopefully will perform better and try to cement his place in the squad

Posted by getaclue on (March 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

@snowemy - Neville is actually victorian...and he has had a far better year than Hartley. Granted, Hartleys ton in the Final would've pushed him back towards the selectors vision...he is a gritty bat, the type that is handy coming in at 7 in dire situations

Posted by Dashgar on (March 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Wade has earnt his spot. Hopefully this will relieve some pressure and we'll see him seriously get into the runs.

Posted by sifter132 on (March 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Yeah i dunno about Wade, hes got 3 small 50s in 14 ODI knocks. I don't think thats good enough to say that he's been impressive. It's probably below average these days for a keeper. His keeping has been pretty good, but still not what people were hoping for either when Haddin was replaced. Talented kid Wade, and it's worth giving him a go, but I really like Nevill actually. I like Paine more, but he may never come back.

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (March 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

I hope all is well with the Haddin family.

@Hawk89 - Paine isn't fit yet, thats how Wade is now first choice.

Posted by Snowemu on (March 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Surely Hartley is the form keeper in Australia. But then, when has that ever mattered. Peter Nevill is from NSW. Enough said.

Posted by AB99 on (March 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Haddin is good ... but personal reasons prevailed. Where does this leave Tim Paine - who was second to Haddin before India series

Posted by kensohatter on (March 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Tim Paines injury has surely slipped him behind Wade in the pecking order although I agree with Hawk that a fully fit Paine is a better option provided he can find the same form prior to injury. A good series in WI by Wade is required for him to cement his spot. Unfortunate timing for Haddin because unless Wade has a shocking tour I think the selectors will take the opportunity to make a change for the future. Thanks for the memories Hads

Posted by Something_Witty on (March 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

@HawK, he gets in based on his stellar Shield performances over the last two seasons (which are the crucial thing when judging for test selection), as well as his tidy glovework. I hope people don't expect too much of him when he first comes in. He's NOT Gilchrist. We will never have another Gilchrist. He has performed creditably with the bat during the ODI's especially given that he has been shunted up and down the order. As for Haddin, it's a tough break for him but probably the best thing for Aus, it was time to move on anyway. I absolutely wish him the best of luck and I really hope whatever troubles he is having with his family aren't too serious and work out well for all involved.

Posted by ali00 on (March 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

I think Mathew Wade is a very good keeper and as we have seen from CB in Australia and he was very behind the Stamps. I would rate Mathew Wade better than Haddin.

Posted by HawK89 on (March 23, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

How does Wade get preferred choice over the guy to replace haddin? Wade hasn't got enough runs to even justify his spot for the ODI squad. When Paine gets back from injury, he should be the first choice after Haddin.

Posted by smudgeon on (March 23, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

bad news for Haddin, like others I assume this is pretty much the end of his international. however, Matthew Wade has done everything he can to make sure he is the #1 choice when the time comes for a new test keeper, and I hope he repays the faith the selectors have shown in him.

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Really tough break for Haddin. Obviously it is a pretty serious family situation because from a cricketing perspective it is the worst possible time to leave a tour. if Wade has a good test series there is no coming back for Haddin.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

That's the end of Haddin.

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