Matthew Wade, who was Australia’s number one wicket-keeper until recently has a task on his hands, especially after Australia’s chairman of selectors, John Inverarity saying Australia A wicket-keeper Tim Paine was on selectors’ radar.
The 36-year-old, Brad Haddinwho took 29 catches during the Ashes tour to set a new record has reclaimed his spot in the Australian Test side. If at all, a successor has to be named, it would be one among the two wicket-keepers from Hobart.
“I don’t think we’ve, as a selection panel, tried to rank one over the other,” Inverarity told.
He added by saying, “Matthew’s form with the gloves in England wasn’t what it might have been, so we’ve gone very much with Brad there and it’s up to them now to compete hard to see who will be the next keeper.
”[Paine] has now regained confidence after the nasty injury to his finger, and he’s playing well, his keeping at the end of last season and the Ryobi Cup was very good.” Quoted by Tim Paine as saying by Fox Sports.
Paine, with his knock of 87 played a key role in Tasmania’s victory against Queensland in the final of Sheffied Shield.
“When the hard decision comes, we’ll do the best we can to in trying to determine which one it is,” Inverarity opined.
The 28-year-old Paine will turn out for Australia A against England in their match against England. On the other hand, Wade is going to captain the Victorian set-up.