Australian batsman David Warner has launched a strong defence of wicket-keeper Matthew Wade, claiming Ian Healy's recent criticism of the gloveman was 'a bit sad'.
Earlier in January, Healy told News Limited that he was concerned about Wade's work behind the stumps and his concentration.
And the 48-year-old - who claimed 395 dismissals in 119 Tests for Australia - continued to question Wade this week, claiming that he was under-achieving on radio station RSN.
"Even some of the basic stuff that he's not tidying up ... he's not getting to the stumps, he's not taking returns well (and) he's not sharpening up the fielding effort," Healy said.
"So even those basic disciplines weren't being created, let alone missed dismissals. I'm pretty sure (Australian spinner) Nathan Lyon wouldn't have been that happy. There were four or five chances missed from his bowling (this summer) and he's getting criticised for not taking wickets. So these are all the little internal conflicts of an under-achieving wicketkeeper."
"Right now, the Australian cricket team in its Test form, needs the best wicketkeeper. And we've got to find out who that is ... someone who's not making mistakes."
Wade's wicket-keeping has not been perfect but the 25-year-old from Tasmania averages 42.50 with the bat in his nine Tests, with two centuries - including one against Sri Lanka at the SCG in the last Test of the summer - proving helpful to his side's cause.
And Warner has rubbished Healy's comments, claiming that Wade is starting to find his feet at national level.
"I just think in general, if you're going to have a go at someone then it shouldn't be someone from Australia," Warner told News Limited on Sunday.
"You have to support the guys and get behind them. Maybe 'Heals' can go to 'Wadey' with a few tips rather than coming out in the papers (with that). Sometimes it can be a bit sad. If you have a problem with someone, you usually go to the person.
"You are always going to get criticised for what you do, but I think Matty's glovework has been good.
"It is hard because if he misses one ball, he is the only guy who can be blamed for that and that's the hardest thing about wicketkeeping.
"Matty's not going to go 10 games in a row where he is not going to miss a ball. Keeping is keeping and I think he's doing a fantastic job. It is good to see him scoring runs as there was a little bit of pressure on him.
"But he came out and delivered and showed exactly why he deserves his place in the team. He's finding his form - we're all trying to cement our spot in the team and he's doing well. Maybe he's still nervous, but that's all of us and I'm the same."
Wade has been rested from Australia's first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, with the 35-year-old Brad Haddin - who is likely to tour India and England as a back-up keeper for Wade - deputising in his absence.
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First Posted 13 January, 2013 1:49PM AEST