Wade may be forced to sit on the sidelines for the second Test
After suffering an eight wicket thrashing in the first Test against India in Chennai, Australia have been dealt a huge blow as wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade was hit on the cheek while batting in the nets on the eve of the second Test in Hyderabad.
Australia’s team management will closely monitor Wade and announced that he could be ruled out of the second Test if he woke up with swelling or bruising.
Wade is the only internationally qualified wicketkeeper on the Australian team and if he were ruled out, then batsman Phillip Hughes would be the next likely candidate to don the gloves since he has a moderate amount of experience keeping at the state and international level.
Wade will most likely be replaced by batsman Usman Khawaja, who has impressed the national selectors with his form throughout the Sheffield Shield season.
If another wicketkeeper were needed, veteran Brad Haddin would have to fly to India from Australia, but the national team’s medical staff were confident that Wade would recover in time for the second Test.
“Matthew Wade copped a knock to the cheek while facing throw downs in the nets this afternoon but batted on during training,” team doctor Peter Brukner said. “We sent him off for a precautionary scan after the session and he has a minor fracture, but has subsequently been cleared to play provided there is no excessive bruising and swelling overnight.”