Wade credits adaptability for Aussie ODI success


Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has credited the adaptability of Australia’s One Day specialists with helping the team complete a series victory in Sri Lanka.

Wade also added that watching the Test team fail, allowed many of the players coming in to formulate alternative game plans to tackle the Sri Lankan spinners.

The keeper joined a chorus of voices in criticizing the pitches that the ODI series has been contested on, despite Australia claiming the series.

Wade said: “We have had the advantage, the one-day players getting the advantage to see what the Test pitches have played like and coming here with a clear gameplan,

“Myself and George Bailey and a few others have just come over for the one-dayers, we have had a clear plan and it has worked so far.

“The wickets have been some of the toughest you’ll get in one-day international cricket, we’ve come from the West Indies, which took spin.

“You don’t usually play on used wickets back to back in one-day internationals. It hasn’t been suited to the way we play but we’ve adapted really well. We are playing a few more quicks than what they (Sri Lanka) are, but with variable bounce and reverse swing, we’ve countered their spinners.”

Wade has missed out on selection for the T20 squad with Peter Nevill retaining his place in the squad from the World T20, but he remains pleased with his level of contribution for Australia.

Wade continued: “Every time you don’t get picked for Australia is disappointing, but that’s the way it goes,

“I’m not a 100 % sure of the reason. (Peter) Nevill played the T20 World Cup and I was told he was going to bat lower, so they wanted to go with his keeping. I’ll just keep playing the way I play in ODIs.

“I feel my game is at a level now where I can contribute in ODIs. There was a period of time where my game wasn’t in order three or four years ago, where I felt I wasn’t contributing enough.

“At the moment, I feel my game is in good order. I want to get picked for every tour, every match because I feel I can do the job.”

The Tasmania-born man admitted to being a little shocked at Justin Langer’s comments after the tri-series in the Caribbean, where he called on Wade to work harder but insisted he talked through the situation with the stand-in coach.

Wade concluded: “It came as a bit of shock to me that it came out in the press like that. I spoke to JL (Langer) after and understood what he was trying to say,

“I’m under no illusions that I need to work harder and get better at my game. If I want to play Test cricket again, I have to work harder.

“I’ve improved with my glovework over the past 3-4 weeks in the subcontinent. I went to England and kept playing, that makes a huge difference in the off-season: going home or just training indoors or going to Brisbane to get work done.

“This time I went to England. I feel like I’m keeping as well as I’ve done for a very long time.”