Australia’s inexperienced batting line-up without Steven Smith and David Warner cannot match up the expectations to India’s bowling attack. However, Tim Paine’s men lost two Test in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy while Virat Kohli’s and his company took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. Meanwhile, David Hussey backs Matthew Wade to return into the side as an experienced wicketkeeper-batsman.
Hussey backs Wade:
On Sunday, Indian National Cricket Team achieved a historic win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne. It eventually helped India to retain the coveted trophy. However, the final Test will commence from January 3, 2019, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Moreover, this Australian side became the first team in 26 years not to have a centurion by the new year in their home summer Tests. As the batting department is haunting the Australian squad, Hussey feels that Wade can plug in the loopholes in the team.
“Matthew Wade springs to mind. Can he open the batting? Well, I think that’s poor thinking — he’s a middle order player, he’s had good success with the bat, he’s made two Test hundreds already. He’s the only one really screaming out for that chance to play for Australia in Test match cricket.” Hussey told ABC Grandstand on Saturday.
The 31-year-old has scored 886 runs in 22 Tests. Wade had last wore the Baggy Green in September 2017 when Australia toured Bangladesh. Later he was dropped for Tim Paine, who has been sensational while leading the side in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal.
Furthermore, Wade was the 12th leading run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season. The southpaw had scored 654 runs at 43.60 with three centuries to his name.
In addition to, he has been in good touch in the ongoing Big Bash League scoring two back to back half-centuries for Hobert Hurricanes. It also includes a match-winning knock of 85 runs against Sydney Thunder on Thursday.
“I’ve played a lot with Matthew — he’s a fighter, he’s gritty. I think he’s learnt a lot from his time in and out of the Australian dressing room,” Hussey concluded.