Matthew Wade could replace Brad Haddin for tri-series

Brad Haddin reacts after missing an opportunity during the second Test against India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 17, 2012

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin faces a tough competition from Victoria s Matthew Wade to retain his place in the national side, as the latter is likely to be selected for the tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka next month.

34-year-old Haddin has had a poor run in the Test series against India with the bat and gloves and there are calls for his axing from the Australian side.

The Australian reported that Haddin s age and poor form may force the selectors to drop him for the Commonwealth Bank Series next month, and give an opportunity to 24-year-old Wade.

Wade became Australia s No.2 wicketkeeper after Tasmanian cricketer Tim Paine was ruled out of action due to a finger injury, which even threatened his career at one stage.

Australian selectors are focussing on long-term planning, and tour of India and Ashes series against England away from home in 2013 will be the top priority, it means that the selectors could indeed go for new blood.

Paine has been sidelined due to the finger injury, which helps Wade to strengthen his case to replace Haddin in the Australian side.