Australia’s makeshift opener Matthew Wade has done a fair job in the absence of David Warner at the top. Matthew Wade might not have got a massive score thus far; however, he has played a crucial role in soaking up balls and playing some enterprising strokes and would have liked some support from Joe Burns. And the left-handed batsman is glad to play the remain at the same position.
Matthew Wade’s highest score as a Test opener came in the second innings of the ongoing Test against India when he scored 40 runs, playing 137 balls. The Tasmanian followed his innings of 30 with 40 runs; however, he could not carry on to make a compelling score that Australia needed. At the end of the third day, Australia lead by two runs with only four wickets in hand.
Wade opened for the first time in the first Test in Adelaide and managed a single-figure score in the first innings followed by 33 in the second. Australia lead the four-match series as they won the first Test at the Adelaide Oval by eight wickets. However, they have a monumental task at hand in Melbourne with Cameron Green and Pat Cummins needing to stitch a stunning partnership.
But now I’ve done it, it’s fine: Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade revealed that opening the innings is something he has thoroughly enjoyed and was uncertain when head coach Justin Langer asked him to do it. However, having done it in four innings in Test cricket thus far and it all feels okay. The southpaw added that Cameron Green and Pat Cummins need to accumulate a handy partnership and that any target over 100 would be good.
“Getting out there and getting into it is something I’ve really enjoyed. When Justin asked if I was happy to do it, I didn’t really know what to expect. But now I’ve done it, it’s fine … Who knows? We’ll wait and see with red-ball,” Wade said as quoted by News18.com.