Wade still considers Haddin to be Australia’s best wicketkeeper
Australian wicketkeeper batsman, Matthew Wade announced that he believed Brad Haddin is still the nation’s best keeper, despite having a run of bad form and family problems.
Wade, who recorded a maiden Test century against the West Indies, has now been confirmed as the team’s keeper for Test matches as well.
However, Wade denied confirming that it was his brilliant innings which secured his spot on the roster ahead of Haddin.
“I don’t think it changes anything, my mindset definitely hasn’t changed, there’s a lot of one day and T20 cricket in between, a lot of water under the bridge before the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba (in November), so I’ll do my job and see how it goes,” Wade said.
However, even though Australian selector, Rodney Marsh claims that Haddin is still the best wicketkeeper, Wade is still pleased with the role he has been given.
“Rodney Marsh (Australian selector) said that ‘Hadds’ is No. 1 in Test cricket and that sits fine with me, I’m happy to fill the void for a while and go and play some one day cricket,” Wade added.
Wade, believes that the West Indies tour made him learn how to adapt to different conditions that he was not very familiar with.
“I don’t think I had any doubt I could play Test cricket, it’s been a massive tour for me, I’ve learned so much from the first game we played, the one dayers where the conditions were just so different from what I’m used to,” he said.
Wade, also noted that he feels as if his hard work is starting to finally pay off.
“I felt every game that I was getting a lot better, we’ve been working on things every day to get better in these conditions, we’ve got subcontinent conditions coming up at the Twenty20 World Cup and that kind of stuff. It was about improving the little things.The conditions were a massive thing and I brought my sweep shot in. Halfway through the one day series I decided I’d use the sweep a lot more and I’ve brought that with me into the Tests,” he added.
West Indies assistant coach, Toby Radford also noticed the amount of improvement Wade had made to his game, and complimented him for it, saying: “I think he has developed as the whole series has gone on.”