The Australia side has too much to worry over the on-going Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. After Smith and Warner, the captain and the vice-captain being absent from the team, the next dropout in the stand-in Captain too. Matthew Wade, the stand in captain of the side for the tournament is also rested for the next two matches because a back injury. The player will be back home to Melbourne to under treatment. He is expected to return fit for the training camp in Dubai and the India tour for Test that follows. The player was appointed in absence of Warner and Smith to lead the team in the tournament.
Wade injured his back in the training ahead of the first ODI of the series in Auckland. Aaron Finch replaced Wade in the match, which the team lost by six runs. Finch will also take the lead in the remaining two matches of the tournament. Peter Handscomb is now the wicket keeper of the team in Wade's absence. The next matches are in Napier on February 2 and in Hamilton on February 5. The chief medical officer of the team, John Orchard confirmed Wade's absence from the team. He said the player was not fit for the next ODI and they have decided to send him home for assessment and treatment in Melbourne.
The player admitted that the nature of the injury was not that serious and the decision to return home was only precautionary. Per Wade, it is because of the short turnaround time between the matches where players should travel by bus for couple of hours. Being excited for the training camp in Dubai and the test tour to India, Wade said he will be "definitely be right for that." He is hope about being fit by the weekend to start the training session. Orchard is also hopeful on the player that the “injury will settle down relatively quickly and that he will able to participate in that tour without any issues."
The injury on the lower back was an old one that also showed up previously. It was injured in a routine fielding but recovered from it very soon. The same pain flared up in the pre-match training. Wade said the pain occurred a couple of years back when he played in Ireland. However, he was right the next day. The present recovery is taking some time. Wade was disappointed as he could not take the field as a captain as it would have been "a real honor" for him. He said it was about the team and not about him. He is hopeful in winning the next two matches and subsequently the series.
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