Sydney, Mar 7: Wicket keeper Mathew Wade has claimed he is ready to fill in the vacant number six batting slot in the Australian Test team left emptied by veteran Michael Hussey’s retirement, adding the team needs to find a way to turn the tide against India following two crushing defeats in the ongoing Test series.
Australia trail 2-0 and Wade claims Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would have their tails up after scoring massive wins over the tourists in the first two Tests, News.com.au reports.
Wade said they have got to find a way to try to swing the momentum, adding it can turn in one session.
Wade added India probably turned it in a couple of sessions that Dhoni came out in the first Test (and scored 224) and they’ve probably run with that momentum now, adding they need someone to step up with ball or bat to try to pull the momentum back our way.
The glove man knows he will never be Michael Hussey, but gutsy Wade believes he can be a successful long-term investment in the No.6 slot vacated by Mr Cricket’s retirement.
The 25-year-old has come under fire for some missed catches and stumpings, but is adamant operating as a specialist batsman is not impacting on his glove work.
Wade said he feels comfortable batting at six, adding it all comes down to team balance, and if they play another specialist batsman, then he would go to seven, but admitted he feels completely fresh when he go out and bat at six, as he does when he bats at seven.
Based on his numbers, it is hard to dispute Wade’s stance. In six innings in Mr Cricket’s slot, Wade has 202 runs at 40.40, including an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in January. Overall he averages 37.56 from 11 Tests and boasts two centuries, as many as all rounder Shane Watson, who has played 40 Tests. (ANI)