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Wade to return Australia
Australia tour of New Zealand

Wade to return Australia

In a precautionary measure, the Cricket Australia has decided to call back wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade from New Zealand after he sustained a back injury during a training session before the first One-Day International at Auckland.

Wade was named stand-in captain for the Richard-Hadlee Trophy but could not take the field and opener Aaron Finch led Australia in the contest, which his side lost by six runs.

"It's not a major injury,” Wade said. “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," he said. "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."

Finch will lead Australia in the remaining two matches at Napier and Hamilton. The Kangaroos have not named a replacement which means more glove work for Peter Handscomb.

"It's heartbreaking I couldn't take the field as captain,” said Wade. “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."