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Matthew Wade’s Ashes hopes in disarray after being dropped in India


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    Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Matthew Wade faces an uphill battle to retain his spot for the Ashes after being dumped from the one-day international team.

    The wicketkeeper was dropped from the side which slumped to a series defeat in Indore on Sunday, with India taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

    “That’s a big decision from the Australian selectors,” Clarke told Indian broadcaster Star Sports.

    “Because now I think it’s very hard for Matthew Wade to fight his way into that Test team as well.”

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    Wade had failed to post a double-figure score in his past five innings in one-day cricket and past three in Tests.

    After the ODI series in India, Wade will return home to play for Tasmania after a decade with Victoria.

    He’ll have three Sheffield Shield matches to convince selectors he is still Australia’s No. 1 option with the gloves.

    “He’s going to have to go back and play first-class cricket,” Clarke said.

    “I can’t see them selecting him for the next two ODIs.”

    Wade was replaced by part-time wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb, who will be a certain selection in the Ashes squad after an encouraging start to his Test career.

    But Handscomb didn’t set the world alight in Indore, out for three before dropping a catch diving to his right while keeping.

    He’s likely to get another chance to impress with Australia still to play two dead rubbers in Bengaluru and Nagpur.

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    • September 25th 2017 @ 11:13am
      AGordon said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      I don’t agree Wade’s hopes are in disarray. His hopes have been made crystal clear. This decision is telling him he’s not an automatic selection for the Ashes

      Being dropped from the ODI side is obviously connected to a message – you need to do more to stay in the various teams. He MUST improve both his glove work and his batting – it’s pretty simple. I suspect until now, he’s been getting mixed messages. As others have pointed out, Boof likes him because he’s so vocal behind the stumps. Well, the selectors are saying “we want more”.

      It’s up to Wade to deliver.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 11:24am
      DLKN said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      The one thing last night’s game showed is that while Wade is deservedly on borrowed time, Handscombe is not even close to being the solution. It’s hard to recall a worse keeping display – and that’s with the inept Dhoni, Bairstow and Wade on recent show.

      It’s time to look to the future, stop obsessing about batting numbers, and pick our best pure gloveman – and that’s Alex Carey by some distance. And this time, show some patience with the young bloke, and get Brad Haddin as far away from him as possible.

      • September 25th 2017 @ 12:11pm
        George said | September 25th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

        Bairstow’s keeping has been praised for the past 12 months.

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        September 26th 2017 @ 8:12am
        Chris Kettlewell said | September 26th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

        I agree that in the two ODI’s Handscomb has kept in that he’s not exactly done well, but also in both cases he’s been thrown the gloves out of nowhere while probably only expecting to be in the team as a batsman. I do wonder if he might be able to do a better job if it was clear he was going to be in the team as a keeper and he was therefore given the chance to put in a bit more practice with the gloves first. That may or may not help, I don’t know, but I have to think the the circumstances of both ODI’s where Handscomb has kept have been far from ideal for him to be able to put in a good performance.

        I don’t know that we need to “stop obsessing about batting numbers”. Having a keeper who can contribute well with the bat does make a big difference. The big issue is that Wade hasn’t been doing that.

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          September 26th 2017 @ 12:14pm
          The Bush said | September 26th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

          Why don’t they ever take back-up ‘keepers anymore? It’s a bloody waste. We could be trying out Wade’s replacement right now, instead of putting pressure on a guy who’s trying to actually break into the team as a batsman.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 6:06pm
      Craig said | September 25th 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

      I think we need to have Neville for the Ashes, and then look for a more permanent solution after the Australian summer.

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        September 26th 2017 @ 8:39am
        Ryan H said | September 26th 2017 @ 8:39am | ! Report

        Nevill is far more reliable gloveman, and in my view would be a safe choice – I’d really like to see Carey though.
        I understand the slight knock on Carey may be his batting, but this is a guy who scored almost 600 runs in the 2016/17 Shield season, so I’m not really sure where that is coming from. A record number of dismissals too show he’d likely be a reliable gloveman. In terms of pure keeping, gee I’d rank Wade about 4th or 5th in the country.

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          September 26th 2017 @ 12:17pm
          The Bush said | September 26th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

          What was his average during that time? If you’re the best gloveman in the country, then I don’t mind if you have a low FC average, but there’s low and then there’s “low”. Ian Healy averaged 30 at FC level and 27 at Test level, in modern cricket that has to be the base line.

          • September 26th 2017 @ 3:01pm
            Cricketnut said | September 26th 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

            Nevill has an average of over 40 in FC, but his test average is only 22.9 due to the small number of innings he played .
            Healy obviously built his average over a much longer career. but with a FC average of over 40 in FC shows Nevill does have the potential to get there.

            However, His glove statistics are the best in the country and that’s why we need to get back to a specialist batsman and a specialist keeper. How many games could have been changed by a poor dropped catch recently.

            Let the batsman do their Job and the keeper do his.

        • September 26th 2017 @ 8:15pm
          Don Freo said | September 26th 2017 @ 8:15pm | ! Report

          Any knock on Carey’s batting is by those who haven’t followed him. He has done so much of promise and just as much with substance in his career so far. He is a way better batsman than Wade and will continue to shine this season. Whiteman is better…but not playing. Maybe we could get Josh Inglis to do a Healy.

          What we could do is pay less coaches, less administrators and get a surgeon or two to fix up Sam Whiteman’s finger.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 8:32pm
      Eddie Otto said | September 25th 2017 @ 8:32pm | ! Report

      Wade is a scrapper and a fighter as a player and when he is out of touch can look pretty ugly. I think his keeping has improved however he will never be close to the best gloveman in the country and that is a problem for him. Neville is a better player for mine, however he went into his shell last time he played Test cricket. He needs to bat more assertively like he does in State cricket. Like people have said both Wade and Neville might be in trouble if someone younger emerges through the first few Shield games of the season.

    • September 26th 2017 @ 1:57am
      Tanmoy Kar said | September 26th 2017 @ 1:57am | ! Report

      For the Ashes selectors should pick a pure gloves-man who should not drop any catch, miss any stamping chance and not give too many byes. One miss can prove very costly in a Test match scenario.

    • September 26th 2017 @ 8:19am
      Cricketnut said | September 26th 2017 @ 8:19am | ! Report

      Nevill is the only choice for the Ashes, like burns he was unfairly dropped after the Hobart game, to come in at 7 when all of the specialist batsman failed to score 70 between them is asking the impossible from any true wicketkeeper. they also failed to note that he had a 60 not out in the previous test despite all the top order failing again.
      Look at his State e Performances since being dropped with 3 100s and some solid glove work
      Nevill is not for the next 10 years but he will stabilize the next 2-3 years whilst Carey is developed, if they take a risk on Carey too early they will destroy him.

      It does go to show that the choice on Wade because he has the sledging is not as important as having the pure cricket skills to back the sledging.

      My Choice is Nevill for the Ashes. he may not be verbal behind the wickets but he certainly has the skills.

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        September 26th 2017 @ 9:48am
        Chris Kettlewell said | September 26th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        Would have to agree there. There aren’t really a lot of other good options. Hartley has retired, Whiteman is injured, Carey is barely starting out (and doesn’t have a great FC batting record either. I’ve heard people suggest he’s good with the gloves, but I can’t comment on that as I haven’t really seen him keep much). We’ll likely have 2-3 states debuting new keepers this season. And with only 6 state sides, That isn’t going to give you a lot of options. Positions like Wicketkeeper where you only ever have one in a team really suffer from the fact there are only 6 first class sides in Australia. It just doesn’t give the opportunities for young keepers to come through and you regularly just end up needing to have to play as a pure batsman to get a game.

        • September 26th 2017 @ 8:22pm
          Don Freo said | September 26th 2017 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

          I’ve seen him keep (outstanding) and I’ve seen him bat (has stability, resilience and flair). He is the obvious choice for the Ashes. He is top notch, not a Steven Bradbury. If he plays in the Ashes, he’ll be an established Test keeper for years to come.

          Those who knock his batting, where is the evidence? Try to explain what was so bad about his big, pressure, match-winning innings over the past 2 seasons.

          • September 27th 2017 @ 10:44am
            dan ced said | September 27th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

            Don is correct.

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