Australia’s wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade has said his team’s aim is to play good all-round cricket based on ‘skill’ in the third Test at Ranchi, that begins from March 16 (Thursday) against an aggressive Indian side, that struck back in Bengaluru to level the four-match series 1-1.
“We’ve got to play good cricket, and beat them on skill,” Wade was quoted as saying by newswire PTI.
So far in the series, Wade has scored 68 runs in four innings and claimed three catches and affected as many stumpings.
The 29-year-old Wade, who is satisfied with his glovework, said there was a major change in India’s approach after the hosts lost the first Test by a massive margin of 333 runs in Pune.
“I feel like I play my best cricket when I get in the contest. When you’re back’s against the wall you’ve gotta find a way to get up and about, so I still feel like that’s a big part of my game,” Wade revealed.
Earlier, the tension further escalated when the Bengaluru Test witnessed a DRS controversy, after Australian skipper Steven Smith looked at the team’s dressing room for guidance.
“The change from the first Test to the second Test was probably the initial shock. They certainly came out a little harder on day three (at Bangalore), but we expect them to come hard,” Wade said.
Wade urged his side to focus on remainder of the series, which is levelled at 1-1 with two Tests to go in Ranchi and Dharamsala.
“I probably don’t use it a hundred per cent of the time any more, but I’ve still got it there if I need it. If there’s a time I think it can be an advantage for us, sure – I’ll go for it,” Wade added.
The Hobart-born Wade said Virat Kohli-led India has played some good cricket in the longer version of the game in recent past and have always come hard when struggling.
“Indian teams always go quite hard, if you give them a sniff they’ll run with it. Our job is to make sure they can’t get in the game so they can’t get aggressive with us, and then really take the momentum away from us,” Wade further added.
“When you’ve got a caged lion you expect them to come out pretty hard, to get away. Indian teams are always quite aggressive. Dhoni was a different captain to Virat Kohli, but that’s just personality.” Wade said on Kohli and Dhoni.
So far, Matthew Wade has played 18 Tests and has scored 741 runs at an average of 28.50 with two centuries and three half-centuries.