Australia head coach Darren Lehmann feels that gloveman Matthew Wade has let his gloves do the talking after his place in the side was scrutinized after his mediocre performance in the opening Test at Mirpur. With the 2nd Test against Bangladesh being Australia’s last assignment ahead of the Ashes later in the year there couldn’t have been a better time for Wade to come up with an impressive performance.
Australia had flirted with dropping the only specialist wicket keeper in the team at the expense of Peter Handscomb to in a bid to free up the extra spot in their playing XI. Captain Steve Smith stated after the opening Test that he wanted a “little bit more” from Wade as far as batting is concerned. Wade has managed to score a mere 255 runs at a below par average of 21.25 in 9 Tests ever since his recall to the Test squad.
He hasn’t got his opportunity to bat in the 2nd Test yet as courtesy impressive batting performance by David Warner and Peter Handscomb, the Aussies have already reached a position of strength and is just a shade over 50 runs away from getting first innings lead with eight wickets in hand. Wade was sharp behind the stumps during Bangladesh’s batting and will now look to show his mettle with the bat in hand.
His stumping of Sabbir Rahman of Nathan Lyon showed resilience and temperament in the scorching heat of Chittagong. He moved towards his wrong side, and as Sabbir lost his footing, Wade removed the bails at the exact moment which brought about his downfall.
“I thought Matthew Wade answered his critics really well in this game,” Lehmann told reporters after play.
“A great stumping, a couple of catches, so that was pleasing for Matthew.” He also added that if Handscomb was handed over the gloves for this Test then they would have required to re shuffle the top order.
“If he did it (wicketkeeping) … he probably couldn’t bat as high,” Lehmann said.He sat under the lid as well at bat-pad for really a day and a half.”At the end of the day he’s picked to bat No.4 or No.5 for Australia and we want him making runs,” he further added.