The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, Matthew Wade believes he was lucky to be not part of the Aussie squad when they went through the ball-tampering saga.
Wade also added the Australian cricket team should not go too far on the other side to play like New Zealand.
The Australian team is always known to play the game in a hard way, and Wade believes they should be authentic to themselves. There has been a lot of talk regarding the way in which the Aussie team should play their game after getting hit by the ball-tampering saga.
Wade feels he was lucky.
“You want to be playing for Australia, but there was certainly a part of me that was feeling a touch lucky I wasn’t there (in Cape Town),” he said while talking to News Corp.
Wade added things have changed after the controversy. The gloveman said,
“When I came in, the game was a lot different; there’s no doubt about that. But now the game is moving in a different direction and certainly with the stuff that’s happened in South Africa I will look at the way I go about it.”
Australia must not take New Zealand way, believes Wade.
Matthew Wade had smashed three centuries while playing for Tasmania in the JLT Sheffield Shield and had scored his runs at an average of 43 in the previous season. The Tasmanian wicketkeeper added the Australian national team must not take the route taken by the New Zealand team.
“I hope now we don’t go too far the other way and lose all our drive … and try and play like New Zealand. Every team needs a bit of competitiveness on the field. What happened in South Africa wasn’t a good look. But I just think we need to be careful about what direction we go in from here,” the southpaw batsman added.
However, Australia’s rookie Test skipper, Tim Paine had agreed to the fact that the Aussie side needs to change their way of playing. Paine had said the team must show more respect to the opposition.
It is going to be interesting to note the route that would be taken by the Australian cricket team. They are under some pressure and time will what methods do they now adopt.