Australia’s stand-in T20 skipper Matthew Wade on Monday said batting mainstay Steve Smith, who has “plenty of say” in how the team is driven on the field, would do a “great job” if he is given the leadership role again.
ade took over the captaincy reins for the second T20 against India here on Sunday after Aaron Finch picked up an injury in the opening game in Canberra.
Asked about Smith, who lost the captaincy role because of his role in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, Wade said the team has a lot of options and they include the batting star.
“We have so many good leaders, I have been given the captaincy but we have got Smith, we have got Moises (Henriques), who captains his BBL team. We have guys with a lot of experience, there is a lot of discussions among the seniors but we are all working together,” Wade said.
“It is not me driving the field, obviously Finchy (Aaron Finch) is our captain and we all all work together when he plays well. So Smith has a plenty of say, he has been a great captain for long time and he will do a great job if he gets an opportunity,” he added.
Speaking about himself, the late bloomer said he has become a completely different player since forcing his way back into the team in 2019, two years after being axed.
The 32-year-old was dropped from Australia’s Test and T20 sides on the eve of the 2017-18 Ashes but he regained his place for the Ashes last year after piling up runs in the 2018-19 season for Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes.
“Yes, I’m 32, and I’ve been around a long time, but I see myself as a completely different player. Matthew Wade, the guy that played as wicketkeeper-batter, is a completely different player than the one that’s been playing the last three years,” Wade said.
India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia after Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal’s heroics in the first game. But Jadeja has been ruled out of the rest of the series with a concussion, while India will be looking to rotate Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah before the Tests. Australia, on the other hand, have major injury concerns, captain Aaron Finch the latest to pick up a niggle. Matthew Wade might step up to lead in his absence, while Nathan Lyon has been added to the squad should Australia look to replace Mitchell Swepson.
While another win will give India the series, Australia would be keen to keep the series alive – with or without Finch – before the final game on Tuesday.
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India will eye nothing less than a clean sweep when it takes on an Australian side significantly weakened by injury blows, in the third and final T20I in Sydney on Tuesday.
Skipper Virat Kohli and his main protagonist of the white-ball leg, Hardik Pandya, will feel a sense of deja vu given that the script has panned out exactly like 2016 when the team got walloped in the ODIs but came back strongly to rout the Aussies 3-0 in the T20I series.
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