Matthew Wade To Lead Australia In The T20 Series Against Bangladesh

Updated - 02 Aug 2021, 01:08 PM

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Matthew Wade (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia keeper-batsman Matthew Wade will captain the national team in the upcoming T20 series against Bangladesh. The Australian side has landed in Dhaka ahead of the five-match T20 series, beginning from the 3rd of August. Matthew Wade will lead the tourists in the absence of Aaron Finch, who will miss the entire tour due to a knee injury.

Aaron Finch captained Australia in their 4-1 series T20 series loss in the West Indies; however, the opener could not participate in the subsequent ODI leg. The Victorian returned home, where he will undergo knee surgery and consequently was ruled out from the series in Bangladesh. Wade’s fellow keeper-batsman Alex Carey took charge in the ODI series.

Alex Carey, Justin Langer
Alex Carey led Australia to a 2-1 ODI series win [Image-Getty]
Carey performed immensely well as a captain and batsman throughout the series in challenging conditions. The South Australian led a depleted Australian side to their third successive ODI series victory on pitches that spun massively. But the management has decided to go ahead with Matthew Wade in the T20s.

The explosive opening batsman has considerable captaincy experience at the domestic level, leading Victoria and Tasmania, followed by the Hobart Hurricanes at the Big Bash League. Under him, the Hurricanes made it to the final of the 2017-18 tournament and has led the franchise in 27 fixtures, winning 14 of them.

Matthew Wade has captained Australia once in T20Is:

Matthew Wade (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nevertheless, it is important to remember that Matthew Wade was Australia’s stand-in skipper in one of the T20Is against India last year. But the southpaw’s sole game as captain ended in a losing cause. However, he has an encouraging record in the format, scoring 613 runs in 43 games, striking at 130.70.

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