Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed Peter Handscomb to take the gloves should Matthew Wade get injured in India.
There have been some doubts over whether Handscomb can fill the void left by Wade if he were to get injured. The part-time keeper has only filled in at Test level and put down several chances in the first ODI at Eden Park.
“He was a bit rusty when he only got 10 minutes notice at Eden Park,” Lehmann said.
“He had a good couple of sessions with Hadds, which was a bonus … he kept well (at Seddon Park).”
“The bonus with the squad is you’ve got someone who can keep pretty well. That’s handy, having that just in case something happens.”
Brad Haddin, who stepped in as an assistant coach for the ODI series, said Handscomb will be an able back-up.
“We talked the other day about having a routine … that can switch him back into wicketkeeping mode,” Haddin said.
“If he’s doing that routine once every couple of weeks, or once every week at training – it’ll only be 15 minutes, that’ll make sure he’s getting his head around having to keep if these situations come up.
“He’s a natural catcher. It’s not foreign to him to keep.”
Wade injured his back in training before the first ODI in Auckland last week. Medical staff believed he would be fit for the second match in Napier, but an hour-long flight from Auckland to Napier triggered more pain for the 29-year-old.
Regardless, Lehmann insists the keeper will be fit for the first Test in Pune on February 23.
“He’ll be fine. He’s got on the plane,” Lehmann said.
“If there was any doubt, he wasn’t going to get on the plane.
“So that’s a good thing.”