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Critics didn't do Wade justice: Haddin

Subcontinent stint to put Matthew Wade in good stead for upcoming Ashes, says former gloveman Brad Haddin

Former Test wicketkeeper and current Australia fielding coach Brad Haddin says critics of Matthew Wade's glovework on the recent Test tour of Bangladesh failed to properly acknowledge the "extreme" conditions he had to face.

And Haddin says 'keeping for two months on the subcontinent will only help Wade when he returns home to truer surfaces in Australia ahead of the Magallen Ashes this summer. 

The likes of former Test captain Allan Border called for Wade to be dropped following Australia's first Test defeat in Dhaka last month after the Tasmanian conceded 30 byes and made scores of just 5 and 4 with the bat.

Speaking between the first and second Tests, coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith both left the door ajar for Wade to be axed, but selectors ultimately stuck with the 29-year-old for the second match in Chittagong, which Australia won to level the series.

Haddin, who played 66 Tests including 10 in Asia, said conditions in the first Test were as difficult as he's seen for a gloveman.

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"I don't think people took into account how extreme the wicket was," Haddin told cricket.com.au of the pitch in Dhaka, where experienced Bangladesh keeper Mushfiqur Rahim also conceded 22 byes.

"I thought he had some extreme conditions to deal with, some that I can't really remember having to deal with (when I played).

"On one occasion a ball rolled and he had to stop it with his foot and the next ball bounced straight over his head.

"I think people missed how extreme the wicket was."

Having held on to his place for the match in Chittagong, Wade produced some sharp stumpings and took several tidy catches in Australia's seven-wicket win, which Haddin says was a reward for the gloveman's application between Tests.

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"One thing he did was he kept trying to get better at training," Haddin said. "His work ethic was outstanding and he was always asking questions about what I saw.

"I know there was a bit of talk about him not going to play that second Test, but in my head I don't think that was ever going to happen.

"In that last Test he took two very, very good stumpings. One that bounced to get rid of Tamim (Iqbal) that he made look quite easy, but it was a really uncomfortable position to get in because it came so high.

"The byes didn't worry me on that sort of wicket. He also took some very, very good catches up to the stumps from big edges and that says to me he's trusting his technique."

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While Wade remains Australia's incumbent Test gloveman, the fact he's averaged 20 with the bat in 10 Tests since regaining his spot last summer means speculation over his place in the side will continue up until the squad for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane is picked.

NSW Blues gloveman Peter Nevill and uncapped South Australian Alex Carey are both strong contenders to fill the role and Wade will look to solidify his spot with good performances in the three Sheffield Shield rounds before the first Test.

Having flown to India straight from Bangladesh for a five-match ODI series starting on Sunday, Haddin says Wade will benefit from spending even more time on the unpredictable pitches in the subcontinent.



"One thing I think that happens at the end of a subcontinent tour, because you stand so close and you have some extreme conditions, when you go back home your rhythm is as good as it's ever going to be," he said.

"Over here it tests your technique and the one thing I've noticed is he's trusting his technique, perhaps more than he's done previously.

"I think when he gets home he'll enjoy the natural bounce of the Australian wickets because he's had some extreme conditions and I think he'd handled himself well."


Australia's Qantas Tour of India

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

India squad (first three ODIs): Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

ODI Fixtures


September 17: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

September 21: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

September 24: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

September 28: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

October 1: VCA Stadium, Nagpur


T20 Fixtures


October 7: JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi

October 10: Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati

October 13: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad