Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Aussies at Sixes and Sevens, Says Warnie

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Aussies at Sixes and Sevens, Says Warnie

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CRICKET: Test great Shane Warne has backed in Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell to fill the No.6 and No.7 spots in Australian middle-order

Writing exclusively for News Limited, the champion leg-spinner says Aussie selectors must stick with the pair for the first two Ashes Tests.

The series gets under way next week in Brisbane after another round of the Sheffield Shield, starting today.

Wade faces the most pressure to keep the gloves, with Peter Nevill and rookie Alex Carey also in the running.

"Matthew Wade should never have been given another opportunity to keep for Australia but leaving him out now would be an even bigger selection blunder," Warne writes.

"There has been a succession of stuff-ups with the keepers - Brad Haddin should not have been dropped for Nevill, Nevill should not have been booted for Wade.

"We've twice made poor decisions. Let's not do it a third time.

"Wade has not been making runs, but batting down the order on spinning, fizzing wickets in India and Bangladesh isn't easy. …

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