Cricket Australia selectors are expected to informally agree to persist with Matthew Wade as the wicketkeeper for next month's first Test against South Africa at the Gabba, bringing an end to Brad Haddin's Test career.
The decision not to pick Haddin will be a tough and emotional one, as he has been caring for his sick daughter, missing Australia's Test tour of the West Indies earlier this year.
There had been a view Haddin would automatically reclaim his baggy green cap for the South Africa Test series, but that now appears to be at long odds, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The selectors may delay Australia's squad for the Gabba Test, but there is strong support for Wade among selectors and senior players, the paper said.
One of the factors working in Wade's favour is the fact he scored 106 in his last Test, in the Caribbean, it added.
And only last week the 24-year old keeper-batsman scored 89 in tough conditions against Queensland at the Gabba.
According to the paper, the biggest thing counting against Haddin is his advancing age, he turns 35 next week, and the fact he had a moderate Test series against India last summer with sometimes inconsistent keeping and four Tests without a 50.