On the eve of the Hyderabad Test, the Australian team was sweating over Matthew Wade’s fitness after he injured himself in practice on Friday.
The wicketkeeper batsman took a hit to his cheek in batting practice and it’s not fully clear if he would take part in the second Test that begins on Saturday. Australia had not named a back-up gloveman for the tour of India. Should Wade have to miss the match, batsman Phil Hughes may have to do the job.
The team management, however, sounded optimistic and has cleared him to play the match.
“Wade copped a knock to the cheek while facing throw-downs in the nets this afternoon but batted on during training,” the team doctor Peter Brukner was quoted as saying.
“We sent him off for a precautionary scan after the session and he has a minor fracture but has subsequently been cleared to play provided there is no excessive bruising and swelling overnight.”