Wade gets nod for SA Test

2012-10-29 07:47

Sydney - Matthew Wade was named on Monday as Australia's wicketkeeper for the opening clash against South Africa in Brisbane next week, suggesting Brad Haddin's Test career could be at an end.

Haddin, 35, has been resurgent in recent months, leading the Sydney Sixers to the Champions League Twenty20 title on Sunday, but Australia's five-man selection panel opted for the younger Wade, 24.

Australia's 12-man squad includes an expected top-six batting line-up, with Ed Cowan to open with David Warner, followed by Shane Watson, 165-Test veteran Ricky Ponting, skipper Michael Clarke and veteran Mike Hussey.

Spinner Nathan Lyon is included along with pace bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.

Wade made his debut in Barbados in April against the West Indies and posted a century in the third Test in Dominica after Haddin left the tour for family reasons.

Chairperson of selectors John Inverarity said both Wade and Haddin presented compelling cases for inclusion but he opted to usher in a new era by naming the Victorian.

"As is widely known Brad returned to Australia early in the tour due to family circumstances and as a consequence Matthew was our Test 'keeper for the three Test matches," he said.

"He kept and batted very well and made a match-defining brilliant century in the second innings of the third and final Test against West Indies.

"Since then he has played and gained valuable experience in England, the UAE and Sri Lanka. As a young player, getting better by the month, he is thoroughly deserving of his retention."

But Inverarity held out an olive branch to Haddin, whose last Test appearance was in Adelaide against India in January.

"While Matthew has been retained as the Test 'keeper, Brad remains a player of significant interest," he insisted.

South Africa jetted into Australia Sunday aiming to consolidate their position as the number one Test team, which they earned in August with a series triumph in England.

The three-Test series starts at The Gabba on November 9.

Australia squad:

Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus.


  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-29 08:22

    Seems odd, when his performance here was so good?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-29 11:44

      He also seemed to be suffering from a broken finger in the T20's. When you are older it takes longer to heal.

  • shane.asselbergs - 2012-10-29 08:34

    My first thought was holy cow that's a good batting lineup. But then I remembered just how good our top 6 (possibly seven if Duminy plays and De Villiers keeps wicket) is. The difference should be down to the consistency of the bowling attacks of both sides. I still have question marks about the consistency of the SA bowling attack unfortunately. They can blow a bit hot and cold and don't yet have the ruthless efficiency of the Aus side of the 90's and 00's yet. Morkel in particular is a big 'ol softy at heart and can be overcome quite easily sometimes. As much as I like Tahir there are also question marks over his ability to step up at international level. But I wish them the best as always and hopefully we can win down under to re-assert our number 1 ranking.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-29 14:45

      Sorry dude, but you've got the bowlers wrong! Out two opening bowlers (Steyn and Philander) are no.1 and no.2 on the ICC test rankings... Sten being 50 points clear of No.3, and Philander being 30 points clear of No.3. Then Morne Morkel slips in at No.9! That means that, outside of South Africans, there are only 6 bowlers in the WORLDrated above Morkel. Also, most batsmen now tend to rate Morkel as one of the most difficult/uncomfortable bowlers to have to face. We have a Polly-style line & Length bowler in Philander, who nips the ball both ways... we have the world's best speedster swinging the ball late (who's been rated best in the world for 4 consecutive years now I believe), and a Curtley Ambrose style sharp-bouncing speedster in Morkel! The only thing we DONT have is a Warne-style spinner...but there's only ever been ONE of those. Ever!

  • jasper.benadie - 2012-10-29 08:39

    Gona be a CRACKER, cant wait!!!!

  • frank.glenleary - 2012-10-29 09:45

    It is The Test Arena so will be dam good and i think Ausies are going to fall short cause this is what we good at gettting a 1-1 draw

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-29 09:50

      Er ?

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-30 07:52

      Jou tant tillie in brits man!

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