West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 2nd day April 25, 2012

Wade untroubled by Clarke's backing of Haddin

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Matthew Wade has refused to lobby for the No. 1 Australia wicketkeeper's spot, even after his match-turning century against West Indies in Dominica made a compelling case for his retention at the start of the next home summer. Captain Michael Clarke has made it patently clear that he wants Brad Haddin back in the Australia Test team as soon as he is able to return - Haddin had withdrawn from this tour due to a serious family issue - and Wade showed no inclination to dispute the order of seniority following his 106 at Windsor Park.

While many observers at the ground were left to wonder how Haddin could take the gloves back against South Africa at the Gabba later this year, given how capably Wade batted with the Australia tail, the man himself said he was quite happy to cede the position come November.

"Hadds was supposed to play this tour and I've come in and taken his spot in an unfortunate situation - personal reasons back home that Hadds has. So that's as far as I'm looking," Wade said. "I know it's cliché, but that's as far as I'm looking. We're playing these games then we've got a pretty big gap in Test cricket. Hopefully I can hold my spot in the one-dayers and take things from there.

"I don't think it [the century] changes [anything], my mindset definitely hasn't changed. There's a lot of one-day and Twenty20 cricket in between, a lot of water under the bridge before the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba, so I'll do my job and see how it goes. Pup [Clarke] said that Haddin's No. 1 in Test cricket and that sits fine with me, I'm happy to fill the void for a while and go and play some one-day cricket."

Having fought and scrapped early on in his knock, as he had done in most of his innings so far on this tour, Wade accelerated in stunning fashion around the fall of Mitchell Starc's wicket. Unperturbed by the fact he was batting with the bowlers, Wade said that while his advance to a century had been dramatic, it was in keeping with the sort of back-end rhythm that typified most of his better innings.

"In first-class cricket that's generally the way I play," he said. "I know that if I can get myself in for long enough that I can make it [the scoring-rate] up towards the end if I'm batting with the tail. I think a lot of my innings at times are like that. It takes me a little bit of time to get going but I can make it up towards the end. Maybe not make it up like I did today, but that's generally my game plan. I'm not too worried about scoreboard pressure as such. I try and build an innings and try, and catch up at the back end.

"Towards the end I knew Hilfy [Ben Hilfenhaus] and Lyono [Nathan Lyon] had been batting well, so I wasn't too concerned. I didn't change my game too much. I backed them because I knew they would stick around for me. If I happened to be not out at the end then I was not out, that's how I looked at it. There was definitely no intent to go out and try and slog sweep or get the run-rate up, I just batted the way I thought I should have batted in that situation and backed the bloke at the other end."

Wade struggled noticeably early in the tour, in conditions completely foreign to him as both wicketkeeper and batsman. But he has learned over time, adding the sweep shot to his game against the slow bowlers, and in Dominica was able to contribute a critical innings when his team was in most desperate need.

"I don't think I had any doubt I could play Test cricket. It's been a massive tour for me, I've learned so much right from the first game we played, the one-dayers where the conditions were just so different from what I'm used to," he said. "I felt every game that I was getting a lot better, we've been working on things every day to get better in these conditions - we've got subcontinent conditions coming up at the Twenty20 World Cup and that kind of stuff.

"It was about more improvement to get better. I felt I was good enough to play at this level if I could just get things to go right for me. It was about improving the little things, the conditions were a massive thing and I brought out my sweep halfway through the one-day series, I decided I'd use the sweep a lot more and I've brought that with me into the Tests. It's going to be a massive shot for me going forward in subcontinent conditions."

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

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  • zenboomerang on April 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    It would be silly for Clarke to continue this line of standing up for his mates above the national teams need for the best available players in the squad... Haddin nearing 35 & past his best while Wade is 24 & learning quickly how to adapt to different OS pitches... Surely any sensible approach is to look for the future of where we want to be in 2-3 years from now & that clearly doesn't include Haddin, Ponting or Hussey - dropping them 1 at a time would be much better than the large exodus that has happened in recent times... Time for the regeneration that the Argus report so clearly outlined... Haddin has to be the first to go as his replacement has already shown his better skill-set...

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @Greg Ranger/Randy Oz - no problems with an opinion on why Wade should be the incumbent keeper, however, in light of the things we know about why Haddin left the tour, I really feel it is in poor tatse to have a crack at him. During the Ashes he was just about the only player other than Hussey that walked away with reputation enhanced. @MisterObvious - I think you're right. Besides, I severly doubt that Wade would want to get his Baggy Green in theses circumstances, (not denying that Wadehas certainly done the hard yards), the position ultimately fell to him in difficult circumstances & IF the Ozzy team is as close knit as made out to be, none of them would want Haddin's career to end this way. == == == Anyways - i have been a long time Haddin fan, think he has done a great job stepping into a Legend's shoes, (it's taken about a dozen spinners to step into Warne's) but his time is over. Thanks Brad for the good memories!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on April 25, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Yes - definitely agree that Haddin was great big void in Australia team. He had to be replaced. Clarke is good player. Now, what to do about filling the other 9 void in Australia team.....?

  • Gordo85 on April 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I honestly think this wicket keeping side of things should be left to Matthew Wade,Tim Paine and also Chris Hartley. All three deserve a chances to play for Australia. Hartley showed alot of character in that Shefield Shield final he played in and showed lots of experience. I would proberly say Hartley is also the best behind the stumps that is what Ian Healy has said for years. So if it was me I would focus on those three only and then rotate them so it all gets shared as in one plays Tests the other plays ODI and the last one plays Twenty/20. I really don't want to see cricket Australia stuff up another persons carrer like they did with Darren Berry. And I would hate to see Chris Hartley be the new Darren Berry who never plays for Australia at all. Wade should be in the team against South Africa but if he isn't it should be between the other two. I might go to watch a Test and I couldn't stand it seeing a person who hasn't performed for a long time get a place.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Making runs on a road against the West Indies wont mean a thing once Jimmy, Bressers, Stewy & Swannyboy get hold of him

  • Rally_Windies on April 25, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    and the good news is that Wade is 24, so he can fill in the voids for Haddin and take over when Haddin retires ...

    he won't get a raw deal as Riddley Jacobs did for the WI .... Jacobs got his 1st Test at age 32 ......

    and he won't get the raw deal McGill got, when Warne eventually retired.....

    McGill had only 1 or 2 years left in him by the time Warney hung up his boots...

  • Dashgar on April 25, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Wade is happy to fill Haddin's void, is Haddin even good enough to fill Wade's void when he comes back in?

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    I'm not at all sure why Clarke HAS to say something like that? Quite how he can declare that Haddin is still no.1 is beyond me. Yes he is Captain and a selector, but just one of five selectors to the best of my knowledge. Is he really qualified to speak for all of them? This is one area where Clarke needs to improve on, he's continual public backing of older non-performers is counter productive, I think. At any rate, Wade is now leading the Aussie run chart for the test series, has played the most influential innings of the series and hasn't made a mistake behind the stumps. I don't think Haddin would have achieved any of those three things. Wade is a 'keeper'!

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    just a coincidence the three w/keepers to score a century in the windies are left handed Phillips,Gilchrist an now Wade

  • godfreyse on April 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Wade came to the WI with a reputation of not being able to play spin well. He has made a century on a spinners paradise. Great character strength.

  • zenboomerang on April 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    It would be silly for Clarke to continue this line of standing up for his mates above the national teams need for the best available players in the squad... Haddin nearing 35 & past his best while Wade is 24 & learning quickly how to adapt to different OS pitches... Surely any sensible approach is to look for the future of where we want to be in 2-3 years from now & that clearly doesn't include Haddin, Ponting or Hussey - dropping them 1 at a time would be much better than the large exodus that has happened in recent times... Time for the regeneration that the Argus report so clearly outlined... Haddin has to be the first to go as his replacement has already shown his better skill-set...

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @Greg Ranger/Randy Oz - no problems with an opinion on why Wade should be the incumbent keeper, however, in light of the things we know about why Haddin left the tour, I really feel it is in poor tatse to have a crack at him. During the Ashes he was just about the only player other than Hussey that walked away with reputation enhanced. @MisterObvious - I think you're right. Besides, I severly doubt that Wade would want to get his Baggy Green in theses circumstances, (not denying that Wadehas certainly done the hard yards), the position ultimately fell to him in difficult circumstances & IF the Ozzy team is as close knit as made out to be, none of them would want Haddin's career to end this way. == == == Anyways - i have been a long time Haddin fan, think he has done a great job stepping into a Legend's shoes, (it's taken about a dozen spinners to step into Warne's) but his time is over. Thanks Brad for the good memories!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on April 25, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Yes - definitely agree that Haddin was great big void in Australia team. He had to be replaced. Clarke is good player. Now, what to do about filling the other 9 void in Australia team.....?

  • Gordo85 on April 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I honestly think this wicket keeping side of things should be left to Matthew Wade,Tim Paine and also Chris Hartley. All three deserve a chances to play for Australia. Hartley showed alot of character in that Shefield Shield final he played in and showed lots of experience. I would proberly say Hartley is also the best behind the stumps that is what Ian Healy has said for years. So if it was me I would focus on those three only and then rotate them so it all gets shared as in one plays Tests the other plays ODI and the last one plays Twenty/20. I really don't want to see cricket Australia stuff up another persons carrer like they did with Darren Berry. And I would hate to see Chris Hartley be the new Darren Berry who never plays for Australia at all. Wade should be in the team against South Africa but if he isn't it should be between the other two. I might go to watch a Test and I couldn't stand it seeing a person who hasn't performed for a long time get a place.

  • RednWhiteArmy on April 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Making runs on a road against the West Indies wont mean a thing once Jimmy, Bressers, Stewy & Swannyboy get hold of him

  • Rally_Windies on April 25, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    and the good news is that Wade is 24, so he can fill in the voids for Haddin and take over when Haddin retires ...

    he won't get a raw deal as Riddley Jacobs did for the WI .... Jacobs got his 1st Test at age 32 ......

    and he won't get the raw deal McGill got, when Warne eventually retired.....

    McGill had only 1 or 2 years left in him by the time Warney hung up his boots...

  • Dashgar on April 25, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Wade is happy to fill Haddin's void, is Haddin even good enough to fill Wade's void when he comes back in?

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    I'm not at all sure why Clarke HAS to say something like that? Quite how he can declare that Haddin is still no.1 is beyond me. Yes he is Captain and a selector, but just one of five selectors to the best of my knowledge. Is he really qualified to speak for all of them? This is one area where Clarke needs to improve on, he's continual public backing of older non-performers is counter productive, I think. At any rate, Wade is now leading the Aussie run chart for the test series, has played the most influential innings of the series and hasn't made a mistake behind the stumps. I don't think Haddin would have achieved any of those three things. Wade is a 'keeper'!

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    just a coincidence the three w/keepers to score a century in the windies are left handed Phillips,Gilchrist an now Wade

  • godfreyse on April 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Wade came to the WI with a reputation of not being able to play spin well. He has made a century on a spinners paradise. Great character strength.

  • on April 25, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Inverarity "supported" Haddin all the way out of the short form of the game. Remember the little rest he gave Haddin after Hadd's exertions during the long, hot test summer, which turned into a permanent rest when Wade outperformed in the one-dayers? Maybe Clarke is "supporting" Haddin all the way out of the test team in the same way. I don't agree that it's politically astute as others on this thread have implied. It just hurts the player to be involved in such a charade.

  • Kaze on April 25, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    I think it would be a bit callous if Clarke were to just come out and say that Haddin's career is done, given his kid's cancer issue. However if Haddin comes back in the Test side it will be a backward move. Wade is a class ahead of Haddin.

  • jonesy2 on April 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    this is an awesome situation, i would love to see hadds get back after dealing with whatever issues he is dealing with, have a great summer, help get australia to the number 1 ranking and retire in a blaze of glory leaving wade to be the keeper starting with the getting back of the ashes next year

  • Simoc on April 25, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Haddins personal reasons were not enough to keep him from IPL and grabbing the cash on offer. Clarke is just proving that a player is no good as a selector. He has to support his players and does that well. The other selectors are smarter by far and as West Indies is supposed to be the hardest place in the world to keep wickets I'de reckon Wade is in until he can't do the job required.

  • on April 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    'Happy to fill Haddin's void' - Wade

    Well I really like Haddin too.

  • kangaroussy on April 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    MisterObvious states the obvious, and says it well! Another example of great "off the field" captaincy fom Clarke, supporting Haddin publicly, and thereby giving him the option of retiring with some sense of grace. Hopefully he takes it.

  • RandyOZ on April 25, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    If I ever see Haddin pull on the Baggygreen again I will start supporting the United XI. The selectors are completely useless, we know that, but surely they aren't THAT useless.

  • Mervo on April 25, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    His glove work is better than Prior's and his batting in first class cricket has been excellent. However, Tim Paine is also most capable in both domains.

  • satish619chandar on April 25, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    There was some report right?? Which suggested to remove the oldies.. Argus report?? They suggested to remove the nonperforming oldies.. But what Clarke did is, remove the performing oldie in Katich and continue with nonperforming Haddin.. Or does he think Haddin is still younger!!

  • satish619chandar on April 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    What is wit Clarke? He says he WANTS Haddin and Punter always irrespective of performance! Punter YES he is a legend and proven guy and a deserved one. Haddin is surely not upto that level - where u get games even if u are in slump!! I think too much chances given to him..

  • Wefinishthis on April 25, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Yes we are forgetting Tim Paine who is more than 3 years older, a failure of a batsman and only arguably a better keeper.

  • Beazle on April 25, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Healey kept Gilchrst waiting three years too long for his test debut so history will probably repeat itself here.

  • MisterObvious on April 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    As captain, Clarke HAS to say certain things sometimes. Like how the w/k job is really Haddin's. But this is just the political side of cricket since Haddin can't fairly be bumped in the wake of going home for family reasons. Haddin's surely done though, because his performance with bat & gloves has been on the obvious wane for a couple of years now. So Clarke is simply showing grace in saying something like this. But Wade is now The Man - this awesome century at a crucial time in a Test match only makes it absolute. At 24, he's on the rise as Haddin falls. Wade's enthusiasm & encouragement as w/k can be heard ceaselessly on the stump mic, adding to team spirit in the field. He's agile & athletic, hurling himself at errant balls down legside & off. Now, with this big score, his batting has broken through & he'll possess justified confidence at this level from now on, having done "a Hussey" with the Aus tail as nicely as Mr. Cricket himself. Invaluable! So Wade in, Haddin out. Done.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Granted his batting is no where near as good as Matt Prior's, and his glove work needs some improvement to say the least, but well played Wade.

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    100% correct Dunger. Bob. Pup is a loyal friend to Haddin. So therefore shouldn't be involved in the selection of the team. Michael CLARKE can't be serious when he says Haddin is a walk up start for the test team. When was the last time Haddin was a matchwinner for Australia? Hang on, when has he ever done anything??? Time to move on Brad. Its a young mans game and we need someone that puts a high price on their wicket, not like you that keeps playing over confident, dumb cricket!!!

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    I can't understand the elaborate fiction being kept up that somehow Haddin will step back into the Australian team. Surely the new Australian selection regime is all about performance. Wade is already a better wicketkeeper, a more disciplined batsman and he's years younger. What gives?

  • Nadeem1976 on April 25, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Australia of old is back, they are not letting it go at all in any of the test matches. Wade is very good replacement of of Haddin and once again australia is able to produce another allrounder wicket keeper like Ghili, Healey, Haddin and now wade.

    I just want to say England keep an eye on australia they are coming back to take your #1 spot. I am sure. 2013 ashes will be classic like 2005. Clarke is not going to let it go this time.

  • Keepa-batsman on April 25, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    are we forgetting a young man by the name of Tim Paine

  • dunger.bob on April 25, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Good on you Mathew. I think you'll be keeping against the Saffers despite what management is saying at the moment.

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  • dunger.bob on April 25, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Good on you Mathew. I think you'll be keeping against the Saffers despite what management is saying at the moment.

  • Keepa-batsman on April 25, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    are we forgetting a young man by the name of Tim Paine

  • Nadeem1976 on April 25, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Australia of old is back, they are not letting it go at all in any of the test matches. Wade is very good replacement of of Haddin and once again australia is able to produce another allrounder wicket keeper like Ghili, Healey, Haddin and now wade.

    I just want to say England keep an eye on australia they are coming back to take your #1 spot. I am sure. 2013 ashes will be classic like 2005. Clarke is not going to let it go this time.

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    I can't understand the elaborate fiction being kept up that somehow Haddin will step back into the Australian team. Surely the new Australian selection regime is all about performance. Wade is already a better wicketkeeper, a more disciplined batsman and he's years younger. What gives?

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    100% correct Dunger. Bob. Pup is a loyal friend to Haddin. So therefore shouldn't be involved in the selection of the team. Michael CLARKE can't be serious when he says Haddin is a walk up start for the test team. When was the last time Haddin was a matchwinner for Australia? Hang on, when has he ever done anything??? Time to move on Brad. Its a young mans game and we need someone that puts a high price on their wicket, not like you that keeps playing over confident, dumb cricket!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Granted his batting is no where near as good as Matt Prior's, and his glove work needs some improvement to say the least, but well played Wade.

  • MisterObvious on April 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    As captain, Clarke HAS to say certain things sometimes. Like how the w/k job is really Haddin's. But this is just the political side of cricket since Haddin can't fairly be bumped in the wake of going home for family reasons. Haddin's surely done though, because his performance with bat & gloves has been on the obvious wane for a couple of years now. So Clarke is simply showing grace in saying something like this. But Wade is now The Man - this awesome century at a crucial time in a Test match only makes it absolute. At 24, he's on the rise as Haddin falls. Wade's enthusiasm & encouragement as w/k can be heard ceaselessly on the stump mic, adding to team spirit in the field. He's agile & athletic, hurling himself at errant balls down legside & off. Now, with this big score, his batting has broken through & he'll possess justified confidence at this level from now on, having done "a Hussey" with the Aus tail as nicely as Mr. Cricket himself. Invaluable! So Wade in, Haddin out. Done.

  • Beazle on April 25, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Healey kept Gilchrst waiting three years too long for his test debut so history will probably repeat itself here.

  • Wefinishthis on April 25, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Yes we are forgetting Tim Paine who is more than 3 years older, a failure of a batsman and only arguably a better keeper.

  • satish619chandar on April 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    What is wit Clarke? He says he WANTS Haddin and Punter always irrespective of performance! Punter YES he is a legend and proven guy and a deserved one. Haddin is surely not upto that level - where u get games even if u are in slump!! I think too much chances given to him..