Australian selectors are not too worried about the Matthew Wade’s back-up for the India tour, as Wade is recovering from a back injury. They are not in the favor of sending a second wicket-keeping option.
Matthew Wade is the leading gloveman for Australia in all three formats. He was ruled out of the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee trophy following a back injury which struck him before the series opener. Now, Wade will return to Australia for the preparation of India series.
Interim selector Trevor Hohns feels that there is no need to send a second specialist wicketkeeper for the India Tour as Peter Handscomb is filling that spot. Handscomb kept the wicket in his absence in the first One-Day International between New Zealand and Australia. He also did this job during the Sydney Test earlier in this year.
Hohns said, “I’m not sure it (a second specialist keeper) will be added, Obviously we have Peter Handscomb there who is filling in at the moment, and he’s more than a handy second wicketkeeper in our view.”
The chief selector also added “So we have somebody there on the morning of a match should something like that (Wade’s injury) occur again. And if it did occur, we would obviously have to think about sending a replacement at that stage.”
Australia will kick off the four-match Test series against India from 23 February at Pune.