Melbourne: Current Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade does not believe that Brad Haddin’s international career is over and has said that his predecessor may get the selectors' nod for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.
"I think Hads [Haddin] still has a lot to offer, he's Cricket Australia-contracted so if he wasn't there or thereabouts he wouldn't have got a contract ... so I'm not sure how people could says he's written off," Wade told Sportal on Monday.
Wade replaced Haddin in April this year when the latter returned home from the tour of the West Indies to care for his young daughter who is battling cancer. "He's a terrific player. It's an unfortunate situation and I reckon he'd just be loving playing cricket at the moment to just get out and get away from the unfortunate situation that's happened to his family," Wade said.
The wicketkeeper batsman believes his predecessor may get the selectors’ nod for the Test series against South Africa.
Wade, who scored a century in his third against West Indies, acknowledged that he must continue to perform to stay in Michael Clarke's scheme of things. "There's so many good keepers at the moment, Hads is obviously still there, Painey's [Tim Paine] come back and there's Peter Nevill and Tom Triffitt," he said. "The pressure for spots is on and it's good for Australian cricket to have this kind of competition for spots, it's the same with the fast bowlers and it's good for cricket."
Wade has been impressive with both bat and wicketkeeping gloves in all three formats since making his debut. His fighting 89 for Victoria against Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane last week has made him a favourite for the first Test against South Africa beginning at the same venue on November 9.