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Wade urged to work as hard as Healy

  • Wade urged to work as hard as Healy

    Australian cricketer Matthew Wade plays a shot during the final match of the Tri-nation Series between Australia and West Indies in Bridgetown on June 26, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Langer has urged Matthew Wade to do Healy-like hard yards with the gloves, saying he is capable of becoming Australia's premier wicketkeeper.

Wade and Peter Nevill have been locked in an intriguing selection showdown since Brad Haddin's retirement last year.

Wade is in the ODI side on account of his batting and this week shored up his spot with a crucial unbeaten half-century in Australia's tri-series final win over West Indies.

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Nevill is in the Test team and was preferred at this year's World Twenty20 because of his glovework.

"I saw him (Wade) say a couple of weeks ago that Peter Nevill is obviously the best wicketkeeper in Australia, well I'd like to think Matthew Wade is aspiring to be the best," Langer said.

"I was very lucky to play with Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist and they always had the best work ethic of anyone in the squad.

"If he works hard, if he adopted a Gilchrist-Healy work ethic with his wicketkeeping then there's no reason why he can't be the best wicketkeeper in Australia.

"That's up to him if he wants to really work at that."

Wade's glovework has always been heavily scrutinised, especially during the 12 Tests he played after debuting in 2012.

The issue cropped up again in the Caribbean, with the Victorian dropping a one-handed chance last week that allowed Marlon Samuels to make a ton.

"He's missed a couple of opportunities but it is a tough place to keep," skipper Steve Smith said.

"There were a lot of balls that were bouncing before him. The ball was reversing and spinning quite a bit."

Langer, who coached the squad throughout the tri-series, agreed.

"What often happens is you only highlight the mistakes but you don't notice him very often and that's a really good sign," he said.

Smith was effusive in his praise for Wade's batting - and not just in the final where he steered the side from 6-173 in the 37th over to 9-270.

"I've watched him in the nets and he's probably hitting the ball as well as anyone. I wasn't surprised he was able to do what he did," Smith said.

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