Matthew Wade is looking like a man on a mission. Having lost his place in the Australia side, the wicketkeeper-batsman is doing all he can to win back his place in the team. On Sunday, he scored his second century for Australia A on the tour of England and it was a historic ton. The southpaw completely destroyed Derbyshire en route his breathtaking century.
Three days after he struck a whirlwind 117 against Northamptonshire, Wade hammered an astonishing 155 from just 71 balls. His knock featured 14 fours and 11 sixes as Australia A chased down 284 with seven wickets in hand and 88 balls to spare. Wade reached his century in just 45 deliveries. In the process, he became the Australia to score the fastest List A century. He broke David Hussey’s record who had scored a 49-ball ton for Nottinghamshire against Somerset at Trent Bridge in 2009.
Wade’s knock was so brilliant that it completely overshadowed Andrew Tye‘s fine bowling effort. Tye picked up six wickets for 65 runs from his 10 overs. It was his spell that helped Australia A restrict Derbyshire to less than 300 on a good batting track.
Wade made his intentions clear by blasting 14 runs in the very first over. D’Arcy Short was out early but it did not make any difference as Wade continued tormenting the bowlers. He completed his fifty off just 20 balls and took 25 more deliveries to reach his century with eight fours and eight sixes. Wade received good support from Travis Head as the two added 205 runs.
By the time Wade departed, the scoreboard was reading an unbelievable 229 for 3 in the 24th over. Peter Handscomb (29 not out) and Mitch Marsh (29 not out) then took the side home. Wade will be hoping that the Australian selectors are keeping a keen eye on him. The left hander will be desperate to win his place in the Test side ahead of the Ashes which gets underway after the World Cup.