Wade brushes off fitness scare

  • Last Updated: October 28 2012, 9:08 GMT

Australia wicket-keeper Matthew Wade is raring to go if he is selected for next month's first Test against South Africa, despite missing Victoria's

Matthew Wade: Ready to face South Africa

Ryobi Cup match today with an injured thumb,

The 24-year-old, who made 106 for Australia in his last Test appearance against the West Indies, was keen to play against Tasmania at the MCG, but Cricket Australia doctor Alex Kountouris insisted he sat on the sidelines.

Wade is competing with veteran Brad Haddin for the sole keeper's berth and any injury cloud would be likely to strengthen the case for the latter to win his spot back.

But Wade declared himself fit for Victoria's Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia, which starts on Thursday, and says he is relaxed about the decision the selectors will make.

"I got hit on my thumb during the week in the Shield game," Wade told Fox Sports.

"I made myself available (for the one-day match against Tasmania), but they (the medical staff) told me to have a rest. Everything felt fine but Alex Kountouris told me to have a rest.

"I'm pretty relaxed (about the selection debate). I have done everything that I can do in Shield cricket. Any time you get to the top of your sport there is going to be a lot of interest.

"Hadds (Haddin) is a terrific player, but hopefully I've done enough to get that opportunity. It is something you dream about as a kid, playing a big home series in front of a home crowd."

Wade, who has played three Tests for Australia, took Haddin's place when he pulled out of the tour of the Caribbean to be at home with his daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Australia's squad for the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba will be announced on Monday.


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