Wade ruled out of Chappell-Hadlee series


Stand-in Australia captain and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will return home to Melbourne for treatment after being ruled out of the one-day international series in New Zealand.

Wade was set to miss the second match of the Chappell-Hadlee series on Thursday due to a back injury, which had not healed in time after he missed the six-run defeat in Auckland on Monday.

The 29-year-old - deputising in place of absent skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner against the Black Caps - will now sit out the third and final game on Sunday to ensure his fitness for the upcoming tour of India.

"It's not a major injury but with the short turnaround between matches and the four-and-a-half hour journey by bus to Hamilton for the next match, it's been decided it's best for me to go home and get some treatment in Melbourne," Wade said, with Aaron Finch to lead the Aussies in Napier.

"With Dubai and then India I'd say I'd definitely be right for that. I'll get that bit of treatment in Melbourne and we're hopeful it'll be fine by Sunday or Monday and I can be on a flight to Dubai and start training pretty much as soon as I hit the ground there.

"It's happened to me once before, in Ireland a couple of years ago. I did it the day before the game then and was right to go the next day. This one's just taken a little bit more time and there's no reason why that's happened. Sometimes you recover really quickly and at other times it's a little slower.

"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."

Cricket Australia chief medical officer Dr. John Orchard added: "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 it.

"We are hopeful this injury will settle down relatively quickly and that he will be able to participate in that tour without any issues."