Back injury rules Wade out of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Newly appointed stand-in Australia captain Matthew Wade has been ruled out of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy due to back injury. He has to wait bit more to lead the Aussies.

With Steve Smith being injured and David Warner given rest, wicket-keeper batsman Wade was named captain for the New Zealand tour. But unfortunately for the Australians, he strained his lower back just before the series opener in Auckland.

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The World Champions had to go to the field without Wade in the playing XI. Aaron Finch was the captain and Peter Handscomb kept the wickets behind. Australia lost a nail-biting first ODI by just 6 runs to New Zealand. Marcus Stoinis played a brave knock of 146* after he took three wickets.

Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer, John Orchard, said, “With Matthew not being fit for Thursday’s game in Napier it has been decided to send him home for an assessment and treatment in Melbourne, with a view to him being fit for the tour of India and the training camp in Dubai that precedes. We are hopeful this injury will settle down relatively quickly and that he will be able to participate in that tour without any issues.”

Matthew Wade is disappointed that he couldn’t take the field as Australian captain. But he hopes his side win the last two ODIs to clinch the trophy.

“It’s heartbreaking I couldn’t take the field as captain but it’s been a real honour to have been appointed captain and to be able to lead the group in the time I’ve been here in New Zealand. And after all, it’s all about the team, it’s not about me. Hopefully we can win the next two games and win the series,” he said.

-Ruffin, Correspondent,