Haddin called to India after Wade injury
Australian Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has been called to India as cover for the injured Matthew Wade and could play in his first Test in more than 12 months.
Haddin has flown over to India after Matthew Wade sprained his right ankle whilst playing basketball with team-mates. The injury occurred on Saturday and Wade is now considered a serious doubt for the third Test in Mohali on Thursday.
“Matt has a complex ankle injury which has been confirmed by the scans and, at this stage, is in doubt for the third Test,” Australian physio Alex Kountouris said on ESPN.
“A final decision on whether he will be available for the third Test will be made closer to the match.”
If Haddin is brought in as ‘keeper then it will be the first time the 35-year-old has played in the Test side since January last year.
Wade has been considered to be the first-choice wicket-keeper since April last year, when an already struggling Haddin pulled out of the side to be with his seriously ill daughter. It was thought that Wade would have been preferred for that Test series against the West Indies anyway.
Despite Haddin’s age he has remained in-and-around the Australia squad since losing his place last year. The ‘keeper has played 43 Test matches since his debut in 2008, scoring 2257 runs at an average of nearly 36.
The Australian Test side has already had a massive re-shuffle after four players were sent home for disciplinary reasons. If Wade were to miss out too it could be an overhaul in the starting XI as Australia seek to come back from 2-0 in the series.