Uncertainty looms over Matthew Wade selection for second ODI

Uncertainty looms over Matthew Wade selection for second ODI

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 13: Matthew Wade of Australia celebrates scoring a century during game one of the One Day International series between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba on January 13, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Australia’s stand-in skipper Matthew Wade is doubtful for the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Napier following a sore back, an injury that prevented him from playing the first ODI itself at Eden Park, Auckland. Moreover, this development could witness Aaron Finch captain the side yet again, something that he did so aptly on the day as well.

While Wade sat out of the side, it was an epic 146 from Marcus Stoinis that ensured that the Aussies were in it until the last moment before an unfortunate run-out ensured that Kane Williamson’s men had indeed clinched a win on the day. John Orchard, the chief medical officer of Cricket Australia went on to state that a call would be made ahead of the match at Napier.

“Matthew injured his back at the end of Sunday’s training session and, with the short turnaround between then and the start of this match, he was not fit enough for today as, when we checked him out this morning, he was unable to perform at the appropriate level,” Orchard said.

“We will make a decision on his availability for Thursday’s match in Napier in due course but at this stage, our expectation is that this is a short-term injury.”

Wade also stated his disappointment for the same. “I’m hugely disappointed but after getting checked out this morning I knew I would not be able to play,” Wade said. “I wish Aaron all the best as captain in my absence and I’m delighted for Sam Heazlett, making his international debut.”

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