S. Australia keeper Manou to shadow Haddin during Ashes

May 7th, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Adelaide (Australia), May 7 (ANI): South Australian wicketkeeping captain Graham Manou is working with his management to find a place in an English club or county cricket as a “shadow” player, reasoning that if Brad Haddin is injured, someone needs to be on hand to take his place.

The question of including a reserve wicketkeeper in the touring party will not be answered until the 16 is announced in around a fortnight’s time though Manou has been told by selectors to keep up his training in the event of being given a plane ticket.

“If the selections don’t go my way, processes are being put into place by myself and my management company to get me over there,” Manou said on Thursday.

“Ideally county cricket would be fantastic, but those opportunities are very limited, especially for a wicketkeeper,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

“Any cricket I can get my hands on while I’m over there so to be over there as opposed to sitting here training and see if that did happen (Haddin getting injured) you’d kick yourself if you weren’t there,” Manou added

Manou is considered the likely back-up gloveman ahead of the likes of Queensland’s Chris Hartley and Tasmania’s Tim Paine. (ANI)

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