Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Australian team is having split camps as they are not allowed to train in a big gathering. But the Indian team is training together in Sydney. Matthew wade, however, has stated that his team will make “no excuses” since the players are experienced enough to deal with the odd situation.
The separate camp might hinder team bonding, but Australia is holding two practice camps. Players like Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins — who were a part of the recently concluded Indian Premier League in the UAE — are undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine. They are training with assistant coach Andrew McDonald across town. In contrast, another group is training under head coach Justin Langer at the Sydney Cricket Ground where Team India is also quarantined.
Matthew Wade said that they already have good bonding as the playing XI has been longer together.
“We’ve been in situations like this a little bit before with Test tours being away and T20 taking place but it’s obviously something completely different to something we’ve ever faced before.
“This group has been together a long time, especially the playing XI, so we turn up on Friday morning and everyone knows their role. There’ll be no excuses from our end,” Matthew Wade told cricket.com.au.
“India in quarantine they get to train together, that’s a slightly different scenario to us.”
Matthew Wade gearing up for his return:
With a formidable top order comprising skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey assuming the wicketkeeping duties, Wade, who last featured in an ODI back in October 2017, is gearing up for the T20s, starting December 4.
“For the one-dayers, it gives me a little bit of time to get my game to go in one-day cricket and T20 cricket,” he said.
“I think an injury or a player gets rested then they know I’ll come in at the top of the order. If ‘Kezza’ (Carey) gets injured then I’ll take the gloves off him for a game. That’s about the only way in at the moment,” Matthew Wade said.
The ODI series will start on Saturday (November 27) with Sydney hosting the first match.