He also revealed that in all probability, this will be his role in the upcoming T20 World Cup Australian Cricket Team
Dhaka [Bangladesh]: The Australian Cricket team is touring Bangladesh for a T20I series. Speaking at a press conference in Dhaka, the stand-in skipper for Australia on the tour, Mathew Wade, revealed that he will be going back to his old middle-order batting position during the series. He also revealed that in all probability, this will be his role in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
As the regular Aussie skipper Aaron Finch is out due to an injury, it is Mathew Wade who will be donning the captain’s hat during the 5-match long T20I series.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to. I’ve been up the top for three years and feel like any time called upon I can do a good job up there, so to go back into the middle order is a challenge I’m excited to do. It doesn’t faze me too much, whatever needs to be done,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wade as saying.
“Then once the World Cup comes around, whether that means I go back up the top or stay in the middle order we aren’t 100 per cent sure. The way Mitch has come out and played at No. 3 that’s certainly another option for us at the top. He could open as well if we needed him to. So, we are probably rolling through a few different scenarios of where guys can fit in the best team come the World Cup,” he added.
The stand-in Australian skipper is of the opinion that he is well equipped to bat in the middle-order as he bring in his experience if having done it in the past. The swashbuckling left-handed batsman batted at No. 6 in the last match against the West Indies and managed to score a breezy 26 runs off 18 balls.
“Thankfully I’ve played for Australia in the middle order a lot, especially in one-day cricket and even T20 have probably played 50-50 of my innings. It’s probably more a chance to get there now and get some more work in, I haven’t done it for three years so it certainly has its challenges compared to opening the batting but it’s a good opportunity to do it,” said Wade. “I’ll find a way to make it work and win some games. Things I probably didn’t have seven or eight years ago in my game I feel like I’ve added — laps and things like that — which are really important towards the back end. Feel like I have a few more tricks than I had a few years ago and the advantage in these five games is that I can get in there and see what works and what doesn’t,” he added.