Wade backing Boland for bigger, better


Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade is confident the uncapped Scott Boland will become a key in Australia's limited-overs unit, come this month's series against India.

A superb stretch of form at domestic level has earned right-arm seamer Boland a berth in a strong squad for the five ODIs. Fellow rookie Joel Paris has also been included.

"Scotty was already pretty good at that just with natural talent. He's worked really hard over the last 18 months to really hone those skills and be a finisher," said Wade. 

"That's probably got him picked in the Australian team, to be honest. He can bowl up front with the newer ball but his death stuff's been outstanding over the last 12 months. So he'll own that and hopefully dominate that for us."

Left-arm seamer Paris, if named in the playing XI, is looking forward to taking advantage of the conditions in Perth – the venue for the series opener on 12 January.

"It's no secret here and the Gabba are the two pitches in Australia that have the most bounce and carry," he enthused. "Especially here if you put the ball in the right areas, pitch it up and try and bowl full and swing the ball you're as good a chance as anyone of taking a wicket."