Haddin opts out of Windies tour, Wade to make Test debut

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:20 hrs

Veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has opted out of the cricket tour of the West Indies.

Haddin flew back from the Caribbean a week ago due to personal reasons. New South Wales keeper Peter Nevill was named as his replacement and no timeline was given on a potential return.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday that Haddin would stay in Australia due to family reasons.

"Cricket Australia fully supports Brad's decision to remain in Australia and sends its best wishes to him and his family at this time," CA's general manager of team performance Pat Howard said.

The news means Matthew Wade is almost certain to make his Test debut against West Indies next month.

The 26-year-old, who has already usurped Haddin as Australia's one-day and Twenty20 wicketkeeper in recent months, is likely to play the first Test against West Indies starting in Barbados on April 8.

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