Australia calls Brad Haddin as cover for Matthew Wade

The Australian cricket team has been going through tough time in India, they had already lost the first two tests and its four senior players are out of the third Test to be played at Mohali from today.

Australia had now called Brad Haddin as cover for wicket-keeper Matthew Wada, who has sprained his right ankle and is in doubt for the third Test starting on March 14.

Talking to media, Cricket Australia said in a statement, “Cricket Australia (CA) advises that Matthew Wade’s scans have confirmed a sprained right ankle. Given the uncertainty of Wade’s availability, Brad Haddin will fly from Australia to Mohali today to join the squad.”

The touring side is down be 0-2 against India and Wade had injured his ankle while playing basketball on Saturday in Mohali.

Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said, “Matt has a complex ankle injury which has been confirmed by the scans and at this stage is in doubt for the Third Test starting on Thursday. A final decision on whether he will be available for the third Test will be made closer to the match.”

Wicket-keeper Wada is doubtful for the third test. He has been Australia’s first choice since April last year when Haddin left the series midway.

Young batsman Steve Smith has been recalled along with pace bowler Mitchell Starc and offspinner Nathan Lyon, while Brad Haddin will take over for Wade behind stumps.

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty.


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