Matthew Wade, Australian wicket-keeper-batsman, feels that even though the squad of the hosts has been forced to train in split camps ahead of the first ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday, it will not serve as an excuse as the players are experienced enough to deal with the situation.
Due to the prevailing conditions, the Australian cricket team has been forced to train at two different places. While one contingent is training under head coach Justin Langer, the players who have returned from the UAE after playing in the IPL are training under assistant coach Andrew McDonald.
Both groups will unite late Thursday night ahead of the ODI series opener on Friday.
“We’ve been in situations like this a little bit before with Test tours being away and T20 taking place but it’s obviously something completely different to something we’ve ever faced before,” Matthew Wade told cricket.com.au. This group has been together a long time, especially the playing XI, so we turn up on Friday morning and everyone knows their role. There’ll be no excuses from our end,” he added.
‘The positive is that we’ve all been playing cricket’- Matthew Wade
That said, the Indian cricket team is training together in Sydney. Matthew Wade acknowledged that but added that Australia has a bit of advantage from the fact that they have been playing consistent cricket since September whether it was their white-ball trip to England, IPL, or Shield cricket.
“India in quarantine they get to train together, that’s a slightly different scenario to us. The positive is that we’ve all been playing cricket. It’s not the off-season. We went to England when we hadn’t done any cricket. We’ve either been back here playing first-class cricket or in the IPL,” Wade added.
With Alex Carey being the incumbent stumper and the top-order- Wade’s preferred position in white-ball cricket- locked by Warner, Finch, and Smith, the Tasmanian admitted that the only way he can force his way in the playing 11 is if someone gets injured.
“For the one-dayers, it gives me a little bit of time to get my game to go in one-day cricket and T20 cricket. I think an injury or a player gets rested then they know I’ll come in at the top of the order. If ‘Kezza’ (Alex Carey) gets injured then I’ll take the gloves off him for a game. That’s about the only way in at the moment.” Matthew Wade admitted.