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Missed stumping to cost Wade: Chappell

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Laine Clark

A missed stumping may not prove too costly on the scoreboard for Australia in the day-night first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

But it may have a high price indeed for wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has called for selectors to ditch Wade ahead of February's tour of India after the gloveman's Gabba gaffe on Friday.

Wade had been under pressure to improve his keeping skills after his batting mongrel earned a recall for last month's third Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

His glove work came under even more scrutiny in Brisbane after his batting form slipped.

He has managed scores of just four and seven since his recall.

So it wasn't a good look when Wade butchered a regulation stumping chance off spinner Nathan Lyon on Friday night.

Sarfraz Ahmed (31 not out) was well out of his crease when the ball slipped through Wade's grasp.

It was the only blight by a rampant Australia that reduced Pakistan to 8-97 in reply to their 429 first dig by stumps on day two.

But it was enough for Chappell to demand a re-think on Wade.

Chappell believed Wade's keeping would be found wanting on the spin friendly sub continent early next year - and suggested the selectors consider a change now.

"It (stumping chance) was not so difficult, he was so far out of his crease but he didn't pick the bounce or the spin," Chappell told Macquarie Radio.

"The problem is India is our next tour.

"We've got to take our best wicketkeeper to India - and I am not convinced that man is Wade."

Then there is Wade's batting.

The combative left-hander replaced Test 'keeper Peter Nevill to add some fight in the middle order.

Ex-Test batsman Mike Hussey hinted Wade no longer filled that brief.

"Selectors are clouded because there have been so many batting collapses so they feel they have to pick our best batting wicketkeeper first," he said.

"There is a perception that Wade is batting better than Nevill.

"They may have to review that before the tour (of India)."

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