Sydney, Jan 14(ANI): Legendary Australian wicket keeper Ian Healy has claimed team's current glove man Mathew Wade's batting is very close to great Adam Gilchrist, but needs to work on his work behind stumps.
Healy had criticized nine-Test keeper Wade on radio last week for not having a good summer at all with the gloves, making elementary mistakes and missing several chances off under scrutiny off-spinner Nathan Lyon, News.com.au reports.
However, Healy rates Wade the nearest world cricket will get to his exhilarating predecessor Gilchrist and wants to work with the 25-year-old, the paper reported.
Healy said Wade is the right age and a great fit for the Oz side that is rebuilding and has to be quickly as they have big series coming up in India and England.
Healy clarified that his quotes were misinterpreted, and he believes that Wade needs to work on certain aspects of his game, adding that he will get them done.
Healy also offered to sit down on Monday and have a session with Wade alongside Australia's fielding coach, Steve Rixon.
A Test batting average of 42.5 illustrates the Hobart-born custodians ability with the bat that even jagged promotion to No.6 and a second ton in the Sydney Test against Sri Lanka.
Healy said one thing I will be talking to Wade about is what Rod Marsh talked to me about and that is how you practice, how you develop the repetition, basics, how you get the job done.
Healy added Wade is as close as you get to Gilchrist and we have him in Australia, adding the left-hand batsman is fantastic with the bat, but he has to get some basic stuff right with the gloves. (ANI)