Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has picked Matthew Wade to open for Australia in the upcoming 4-Match Test Series against India, starting from December 17 in Adelaide.
Clarke has suggested that the Australian Test team can open with Matthew Wade to accommodate Cameron Green in the playing XI in the upcoming Teat series against India.
Australia star batsman David Warner will miss the series opener on December 17 as he ruled out of the first Test due to a hamstring injury. In such a case, one of either Joe Burns or Will Pucovski will be drafted into the playing XI for the day-night Test in Adelaide.
While Joe Burns is not in the best of forms, Will Pucovski suffered a head injury in the first practice game against India and as a result, he may not be considered for selection.
In such a case, the former Australian captain picked Wade to open for Australia. Matthew Wade hasn’t opened for Australia in Test cricket.
Wade, who top-scored in the recently concluded three-match T20I series, had scored consecutive half-centuries including a career-best 80 (53) in the third T20I in Sydney as an opening batsman. However, the 32-year old player has never batted above No. 5 in Test cricket.
“If you’re going to pick Cameron Green then you’ve got to find another spot for Wadey. He’s got to be in that starting XI but that could be anywhere in that team. That could be opening the batting if need be. I think Wadey can do that,” Clarke told AAP.
Nothing Wrong in Promoting Young Talents: Michael Clarke
Cameron Green and Will Pucovski are the emerging stars of the Australian cricket. They are being hailed for their brilliant performances in the game and Clarke feels there is nothing wrong in promoting the new talent.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with promoting these two youngsters and being excited about how talented they are.
“We always need to remember that sport at the highest level is very hard and you’ve got to expect that there’s going to be some great times and there’s going to be some tough times.
“As long as we appreciate that as a fan then I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be super excited,” Clarke said.