Calcutta: Matthew Wade was Monday named as Australia’s wicket-keeper for the opening clash against South Africa in Brisbane next week, suggesting Brad Haddin’s Test career could be over.
Haddin, 35, led the Sydney Sixers to the Champions League Twenty20 title on Sunday, but Australia’s five-man selection panel opted for the younger Wade, 24.
Australia’s 12-man squad includes an expected top-six batting line-up, with Ed Cowan to open with David Warner, followed by Shane Watson, 165-Test veteran Ricky Ponting, skipper Michael Clarke and veteran Mike Hussey.
Spinner Nathan Lyon is included along with pace bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.
The three-Test series starts at The Gabba on November 9.