Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade[photo: Wisden]

The Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade expressed his willingness to captain his nation in the absence of regular skipper Aaron Finch for the one-day Internationals against West Indies. Australia is coming off a 1-4 loss in the five-match T20 international series against West Indies and the loss of Finch is going to be another big nail in the coffin.

Wade last played an ODI international for Australia way back in 2017 and since that, Alex Carey has been donning the wicketkeeper gloves for the men in yellow in the 50 over format. Wade had a decent series compared to the other batsmen while Mitchell Marsh emerged as the only limelight for Australia from the T20 internationals.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch[photo: New Indian Express]

Wade Expects An Opportunity In the One Dayers

Matthew Wade mentioned that the vice-captaincy hasn’t been stable and he told about having no idea of what will happen in the one-dayers. He added that he was not expecting to play in the one-day games until Finch was injured and he expressed his desire to make it big.

“It’s a bit of a moving thing, the vice-captaincy. Going forward in the one-dayers I have no idea what will happen there. I am probably not expecting to play, especially if Finchy plays, but if he doesn’t there might be an opportunity for me to play,” 

“I came over here thinking I would play the T20s and I wouldn’t play the ODIs. I think some of the younger guys would get some opportunities to play them which is fair enough, I’ve been around a long time now. But if Finchy doesn’t come up there might be an opportunity to play, so we’ll wait and see,” Matthew Wade was quoted as saying.

Matthew Wade Puts His Hand Up For Leadership In Absence Of Aaron Finch For The ODIs
Matthew Wade (Image Credit: Twitter)

Wade Shows His Love For Captaincy

Matthew Wade mentioned that he would look to take the option of captaincy whenever he has been handed the responsibility and he noted about the leaders inside the squad with the likes of Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. He added about Moises Henriques being another captaincy option in the mix too.

“I love to captain whenever I get an opportunity. I captained in the T20s (against India last summer), and we’ve got plenty of different leaders here,”

“Moises is a really good leader, Adam Zampa is getting better and better, ‘Starcy’ and ‘Hoff’ (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) go about their thing,” Wade added.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia will have a tough task in its hands in the ODI series with most of the senior players not available.