Wade might pip Haddin as permanent wicket-keeper in Tests

Updated: Oct 27, 2012, 22:09 PM IST

Sydney: Australia’s selectors are likely to give every opportunity to young wicket keeper Mathew Wade to cement his Test spot in the team, which could also mark the end of the road for veteran Brad Haddin.

Haddin has all but resigned to being overlooked for the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba in 13 days, as he said this week that you don’t have to be Einstein to deduct that the five-man selection panel is leaning heavily Wade’s way.

National selector John Inverarity and coach Mickey Arthur have sung praises of the rapid development of 24-year-old Wade, who added the one-day international wicketkeeper’s spot to his Twenty20 job in February, then grabbed the Test position when Haddin raced home from the Caribbean in April for family reasons.

In spite of an encouraging start to the season, marked by his strokefull 114 against Tasmania a month ago, the signs are overpowering that Haddin`s international time is up.

Even an article published on Cricket Australia’s website this week, previewing the first Test selection, belittled Haddin, saying, “His ``keeping has clearly deteriorated as has his batting”.

However, Inverarity was kinder about Wade, and praised him for his doggedness.

“You go back to the first of February,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Inverarity, as saying.

“He played for Australia, then he played on the wickets of the West Indies, then he went to England, and then the UAE [one-day tours] and then Sri Lanka [World T20]. The amount of experience that he’s got into his system in six or seven months is enormous,” he added.

With the public backing received by Inverarity and Arthur, Wade is expected to be Australia’s wicket keeper for a long time and in all formats of the games.