Cricket

Healy slams Wade's keeping

2016-11-26 15:43
Matthew Wade (Getty)

Cape Town - Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has strongly criticised Matthew Wade's ability with the gloves after a mix-up with Matthew Renshaw.

Renshaw dropped Hashim Amla on day three of the third Test against South Africa after being forced to move sharply to his left but Healy felt the blame lay with the 'keeper.

During a commentary stint for Nine's Wide World of Sports Healy said: "Two men slow to go … both thought it was the other's (catch). Gee it was a good delivery to get Amla into the shot, then get the false shot, it needs to be snaffled.

"Neither man would be sure. I think it's keeper's (catch). A little step and he had that covered. 

"But I'd like first slip to be more ready than that as well.  

"He (Renshaw) needs to be seeing it and if it's reachable it can be his. So (move to) catch it, even if it is the keeper's catch and you're expecting him to move."

Renshaw and Wade haven't had any experience of playing together which Healy feels would have contributed to the mistake.

The former keeper went on: "It should just be simple and second nature; instinct through lots of time practising and decision making.

"This is a new cordon. Matthew Renshaw has to learn maybe when Matthew Wade is going to go. 

"Wade's footwork wasn't excellent. (In the first innings) we saw him move nicely to that and had it covered. 

"I want to see that left foot plant and that right foot step. He should have been on the move. 

"He got caught on both feet, neither of them were moving. He comes out of his crouch, the left foot doesn't give him any power (to move) right so he lets it go and Renshaw wasn't ready either. 

"Cordon practice is all about not only just catching catches but it's learning what your next-door neighbour is going to do."

Healy offered further analysis of Wade's weaknesses: "In the first innings he was so good at these balance adjustments and moving well, but he wasn't so good on this occasion.

"I'm looking for the left foot to plant which gives him power across to the right to start his movement, and the ability to take that in two hands. 

"But nothing happens. The left foot doesn't plant, the right foot doesn't move. 

"How quickly it can disappear for a wicketkeeper. He's got to get that left foot on the deck when he's moving to the right so the slips aren't confused and major catches are taken."

Read more on:    australia  |  matthew wade  |  ian healy  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Assuming AB de Villiers is over his elbow injury, who should skipper the Proteas in their Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.