Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has heaped high praise on India’s spin-bowling duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja following their brilliant performance in the Boxing Day Test, claiming that the spin-twins are a tricky proposition to counter, especially on a track that is assisting them.
Indian bowlers were once at their ruthless best during the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and while the fast bowlers have been rightly hailed for another flawless display, equal credit must also go to the spinners- Ashwin and Jadeja.
Ashwin has been outstanding throughout the series, having claimed 10 wickets in just four innings- five of which came in Melbourne- while Jadeja showed just why he is one of the modern-day great Test all-rounders as he backed up his knock of 57 with three wickets, which includes two crucial scalps of Matthew Wade and Tim Paine in the second innings.
Heaping high praise on the duo, Matthew Wade also went on to admit that Australian batsmen were unable to adapt to the pitch conditions in Melbourne.
“I think they have bowled terrifically well, especially in Melbourne there was more spin and bounce, we did not expect it to come into play as it did, we did not adapt quick enough to that wicket,” Matthew Wade told ANI.
Wade has done an admirable job as a make-shift opener in the absence of David Warner and Will Pucovski.
With the duo set to be back in upcoming games, it remains to see where the southpaw slots-in in the batting-order. However, the southpaw is unfazed by the uncertainty and is ready to perform whatever role his side wants him to play.
‘I have really enjoyed batting as an opener, I did not know what to expect going into the pink-ball Test, it’s not that different, you have to be cautious early, moving forward if the selectors want me to do this role, then I am comfortable doing it now,” he said.
“Will Pucovski has come back to the squad, I don’t know right now where I will bat, whether I play or not, who knows. I will prepare for where I have been batting, if I slide down the order, then also I am comfortable,” he added.