Not thinking about Wade’s future as opener: Paine
Australia skipper Tim Paine on Friday said that does not want to think too much about Matthew Wade’s batting position once David Warner returns to the Test squad for the ongoing series against India and complimented the left-handed batsman for being flexible enough to bat at any position and perform.
Australia head coach Justin Langer had refused to comment on what will happen when Warner returns and said that the selection matters would work out when they have to.
“The great thing about Wadey (Wade) is that he can do either. I think he did a great job in the first Test match. I think JL (Justin Langer) is right. Things have a way of working out by themselves. There is no point in putting time into what might happen and what ifs. At the moment he is batting well for us in this Test match and we will look at that again come the third Test match. So we have not put too much into it, particularly this year we have seen anything can happen from injury or concussion or unavailabilities due to border closures…we will make the decision when we have to,” said Paine on the eve of the Boxing Day Test against India.
Wade returned with scores of 8 and 33 in the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval which Australia won by eight wickets.
“Wadey has done great job for us whether he bats at one or 7. We know that he is a flexible cricketer. He has shown that in all formats of the game. He is another guy who is improving the older he gets. He has come back into the Australian side, batted in white ball cricket and red ball cricket and continually does the job for us. That is why he is so valuable for our team,” said Paine.
The Australia skipper also said he expects Cameron Green to bowl more than he did in the first Test against India. Green has been bowling limited number of overs due to workload management.
“There are some limits. The good thing with Greeny is that every time he gets through a game bowling, we can add a few more to that. We were lucky in Adelaide that the big three did the job in the second innings and we can bank those overs (of Green) into the next game…yeah we expect him to bowl a bit more in this Test match if required. He would have obviously bowled a lot more in first Test but wasn’t required,” said Paine.