When Australia visited India in 2017, Matthew Wade didn’t shy away from sledging the Indian players. Who can forget his famous verbal duel with Ravindra Jadeja which ended with the latter swearing at the wicketkeeper-batsman. However, Matthew Wade might decide against doing the same in the upcoming Test series against Virat Kohli & Co.
India are scheduled to play four Tests in Australia later this year. Although there is no confirmation over whether the series will go ahead as scheduled, Cricket Australia have already announced the schedule. And Matthew Wade is confident that the much-awaited series will take place.
At the same time, he has also made up his mind on not sledging the Indian players. The veteran batsman believes that chirping at India might backfire.
“They’re a hard team, they use it to their advantage very well,” Matthew Wade told reporters in a video call on Tuesday.
“Virat is very clever the way he uses his words or his body language. So they use it as an advantage now. To be honest, I don’t really want to engage too much into that.
“I know that they thrive off that energy that comes between two players. They’re probably as good at doing that as anyone in the world at the moment, so it’s something I might stay away from this time,” he added.
Australia will be looking to avenge their loss when they host India this year. In the last series between the two sides, India beat the Aussies 2-1 to register their first-ever Test series win on the Australian soil. The hosts will be bolstered by the return of Steve Smith and David Warner as well as the emergence of Marnus Labuschagne in the upcoming series.
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