Wade gets Australia nod

  • Last Updated: October 29 2012, 8:09 GMT

Brad Haddin's international career appears to be over after Victorian Matthew Wade was installed as Australia's wicketkeeper for the first Test against South Africa.

Matthew Wade: Named in Australia team

The 12-man squad was named in Sydney on Monday ahead of the three-Test series against the number-one ranked Proteas, starting Friday week.

The choice between Wade and Haddin was the major decision for John Inverarity's national selection panel over the past few weeks, with the top six virtually locked in since Australia's last Test six months ago.

Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle make up the pace attack with a decision on whether spinner Nathan Lyon plays in the first Test to depend on conditions at the Gabba.

Pattinson and Siddle's inclusions, at the expense of injured quick Ryan Harris and young firebrand Pat Cummins, were the only changes from the squad that toured the West Indies in April.

The rubber-stamping of Wade, who scored the only century by an Australian in the West Indies series, probably puts a full stop on Haddin's 43-Test career despite the 35-year-old's encouraging form for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield and the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.

"Matthew and Brad both went to the West Indies, Matthew as our preferred ODI and T20 player and Brad as our incumbent and preferred Test match keeper," Inverarity said.

"As is widely known, Brad returned to Australia early in the tour due to family circumstances and as a consequence Matthew was our Test keeper for the three Test matches.

"He kept and batted very well and made a match-defining brilliant century in the second innings of the third and final Test against West Indies.

"Since then he has played and gained valuable experience in England, the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. As a young player, getting better by the month, he is thoroughly deserving of his retention."

The squad will assemble in Brisbane next Monday and will have three days of preparation ahead of the first Test beginning on November 9.

Australia team for first Test: Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, Ed Cowan, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.