The former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin, who has been recently roped in as the High-Performance fielding coach, believes his successor Matthew Wade has faced a wrath of critics. It should not have had taken place owing to the hot and humid conditions in Bangladesh, where the latter was part of the visitor’s squad for two-match Test series which tied at one each.
“I think people missed how extreme the wicket was [in Bangladesh]. On one occasion a ball rolled and he had to stop it with his foot and the next ball bounced straight over his head,” Haddin was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
Pertinently, the 39-year-old Cowra-born Haddin has come in complete support of Wade, who went on to concede around 30 byes while donning the white jersey against Mushfiqur Rahim-led Tigers in the subcontinent.
“I don’t think people took into account how extreme the wicket was,” Haddin maintained.
However, Australian chief of selectors Trevor Hohns has had again shown faith in a wicket-keeper batsman, Wade, while inducting him in the One-day international squad, for the five-match series which is slated for September 17 in Chennai.
“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,” Haddin asserted.
The Hobart-born 29-year-old batsman left-handed batsman Wade would be yearning to come right in the subcontinent against India in the 50-over format, before the Magallen Ashes series are beginning in Australia, in next quarter of this year against newly-appointed Joe Root’s England.
Having poor performance on his back, Wade scored 5 and 4 in the first Test at Dhaka before scoring 8 in the Chittagong Test, as Australian veterans suggested the Cricket Australia to overlook Wade for the further fixtures set for the calendar year.
Haddin, who himself played 10 Tests in Asian conditions stressed the counterpart of Wade in the form of Bogra-born Mushfiqur Rahim has also given away 22 byes while donning the gloves.
“I thought he had some extreme conditions to deal with, some that I can’t really remember having to deal with (when I played),” Haddin added.
Haddin went on to say that spending quality time in the Asian conditions would help Wade to boost the confidence, before firing up all cylinders in the traditional series back home which will kick off on November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane.
Before announcing retirement, Haddin played 126 ODIs, 66 Tests and 34 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia. He averaged at 32.98 in five-day format and 31.53 in the 50-over format.
In response, Wade in the second Test in Chittagong learned from his mistakes to claim nice catches which further included timely stumpings in the seven-wicket win.
“His work ethic was outstanding and he was always asking questions about what I saw. One thing he did was he kept trying to get better at training,” Haddin said of Wade.
Inconsistent Wade has a lot to prove in the domestic set-up before earning the call-up, as Peter Nevill is also waiting in the wings.
Wade has made 90 appearances in ODIs as he averaged 26.40 after scoring 1,743 runs in 76 innings. He has also played 22 Tests and 26 T20Is.