Haddin off to Mohali as standby for Wade
Brad Haddin. Photo: Getty Images
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has a sprained ankle and Brad Haddin will be flown to Mohali on Monday to be placed on standby for Australia's third Test against India.
Cricket Australia (CA) released a statement on Monday confirming that scans of Wade's ankle had revealed a sprain following a mishap during a casual game of basketball.
The Test squad had been given a break from training on Friday and Saturday and Wade fronted for training on Sunday unable to participate because of his swollen right ankle.
Scans were taken in Mohali and team doctor Peter Brukner sent the results back to Australia for further review before a decision was taken to put former Test gloveman Haddin on the next available plane.
The third Test starts on Thursday with Australia trailing 2-0 in the four-match series.
Victoria's Wade has been in the wars on the Indian tour, suffering a fractured cheekbone on the day before the second Test in Hyderabad and playing the match with the aid of painkillers.
Test allrounder Moises Henriques backed his 35-year-old NSW teammate Haddin - who has scored 468 runs at 52 in seven Sheffield Shield matches this summer - to take over if required.
"Bradley being such a seasoned campaigner now and he has toured here before so he has got that experience," Henriques said of the 43-Test veteran.
"So I'm sure if he was needed, he'd certainly come in and do a fantastic job."
Haddin has not played a Test in over a year but has been in good form for NSW with the bat.
He said he harboured no ill feelings after being overlooked for recent Tests.
''I was at peace with everything. I'm content with where my game's at and now if I get the opportunity I know I'll be ready,'' he said before boarding his flight at Sydney Airport on Monday.
''I didn't expect it to come but it's exciting and there's no better place to go and test yourself than when you're two down against the Indians.''
Haddin said his previous experience in India will stand him in good stead.
''I've played over there in the IPL and in a Test series before so I know what to expect,'' he said.
''I don't know what lies ahead and whether I'll be playing or not. But one thing I do know is that I'll be ready for the opportunity.''