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Wade feels no Paine Wade makes mistakes but feels no Paine

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Monday, January 07, 2013

SYDNEY - Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's summer of blunders continued on Sunday, but the biggest threat to his position behind the stumps isn't even on the radar for Australian selectors.

Tim Paine, considered the most technically sound gloveman in the country, was ignored on Sunday as Wade's stand-in for the upcoming one-dayers.

Instead it was 35-year-old Brad Haddin who was installed as Wade's No.2 in all forms of the game for the bumper year ahead.

Haddin is a chance to go to India and the Ashes as a second keeper and extra batsman, but appears next to no chance of wearing the gloves unless Wade is injured or being rested.

The fact that Paine, a four-time Test keeper, was left out proves that Australia are putting lower-order batting prowess ahead of tidiness with the gloves.

Paine was Haddin's heir-apparent two years ago, but ongoing finger injuries allowed Wade to leapfrog him in the pecking order, and the Tasmanian now appears completely off the radar.

This is despite Paine scoring 92 and 59 batting at No.7 in two Tests in India in 2010, and taking 11 catches and a stumping in two Tests in England earlier that same year against Pakistan.

"We're of the view that the two best wicketkeeper-batsmen are Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin," said national selector John Inverarity.

"If something happened to Matthew then Brad Haddin would come into the side.

"We may or may not take two keepers to India and/or England. At this stage, our firm intention is if we take two it'll be Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin."

Inverarity was unconcerned about Wade's mistakes, which culminated on day four of the third Test with a comical botched run-out - his most embarrassing moment in Test cricket.





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