Matthew Wade was picked ahead of Brad Haddin as Australia’s wicketkeeper for next week’s series- opening cricket Test against top-ranked South Africa.
Wade, 24, was named today in a 12-man squad for the match in Brisbane that also included four fast bowlers in Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle.
Haddin, 35, was omitted after leading the Sydney Sixers to victory in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament yesterday. The decision of the five-man selection panel to go with Wade doesn’t necessarily signal the end of Haddin’s 43-Test career, according to the national selector John Inverarity.
“Nobody knows what the future will bring but he’s very much in contention,” Inverarity said at a televised news conference. “If there was an injury he could come back very quickly. He’s certainly a very fit 35-year-old.”
Wade became the wicketkeeper for Australia’s three-Test series against the West Indies in April after Haddin left the tour because of family reasons. Wade’s 106 in the third Test was the only century by an Australian during the series.
There were no changes to the top-six batting order as Ed Cowan was retained as an opener alongside David Warner. Nathan Lyon was chosen as the specialist spin bowler.
The squad will assemble in Brisbane on Nov. 5 ahead of the first Test beginning Nov. 9. The second Test begins in Adelaide on Nov. 22 with the series finale in Perth starting eight days later.
AUSTRALIA SQUAD: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Ed Cowan, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
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