Matthew Wade taking latest selection audition in his stride with ‘nothing to lose’


He expects the wicketkeeper to bat in the top three of the T20 side even when all players are available

Matthew Wade expects Australia’s wicketkeeper to bat in the top three for the T20I side as he looks to keep hold of the position that is currently his in the build-up to the World Cup in the UAE.
Wade has had the gloves since replacing Alex Carey on the England tour last year but has taken various positions in the batting order. Most commonly that has been at the top of the order, where made consecutive half-centuries against India last year including a career-best 80 off 53 balls, and though there remains a natural spot on the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh due to the absences of David Warner and Steven Smith there will be a squeeze for positions should everyone be available for the World Cup.
While Wade is the incumbent there are plenty of options in the squad with Josh Philippe, who played as a batter against New Zealand, a potential challenger with Carey is also on the tour.

“Think I’ll be one, two or three. Batted three in the last T20 in New Zealand, batted at six in the first T20 against India then I opened next two games. I can bat anywhere, that’s one my strengths, I’ve batted pretty much everywhere for Australia,” Wade said. “Where ever there’s an opportunity I’ll go to but I’d assume Finch, Warner then probably the wicketkeeper will probably be at three if not open. We’ll work it out as we go but I see myself playing in the top of the order if I’m in the team so we’ll wait and see.”

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