Matthew Wade Expected To Captain Australia In ODIs In Aaron Finch's Absence
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Matthew Wade Expected To Captain Australia In ODIs In Aaron Finch’s Absence

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

Matthew Wade has not played an ODI for Australia since playing against India in 2017. Matthew Wade is expected to take on the leadership role for Australia in the absence of their first-choice captain Aaron Finch in the ODI series against West Indies.

Aaron Finch most probably won’t be available for the 50-over format due to a knee injury he suffered in the fifth and final match of the T20I series against hosts West Indies.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Matthew Wade Will Wait For His Opportunity And Lead Australia In The ODIs If Aaron Finch Doesn’t Play

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Wade were the three bright spots for the Australian team in their otherwise dismal outing in the preceding T20I series. The visitors lost four matches and only won one due to Mitchell Marsh’s all-around brilliance in both batting and bowling departments of the game. Throughout the series, it was the home team’s batting line-up that prevailed over Australia.

Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images

But the ODI is a different format and is Australia’s stronger suit compared to the other two formats. Although the Men in Yellow would have wanted Aaron Finch to open the innings, he seemed to be in searing pain while running between the wickets, after he twisted the ankle. Matthew Wade is willing to step as a leader and also as a batsman in the three-match ODI series against West Indies.

“It’s a bit of a moving thing, the vice-captaincy. Going forward in the one-dayers I have no idea what will happen there. I am probably not expecting to play, especially if Finchy plays, but if he doesn’t there might be an opportunity for me to play,” cricket.com.au quoted Wade as saying.

“I came over here thinking I would play the T20s and I wouldn’t play the ODIs. I think some of the younger guys would get some opportunities to play them which is fair enough, I’ve been around a long time now. But if Finchy doesn’t come up there might be an opportunity to play, so we’ll wait and see,” he added.

Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 219 runs in the 5 T20Is against West Indies averaging 43.8 besides picking up 8 scalps averaging a mere 11.

Matthew Wade Feels There Are Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, And Josh Hazlewood Available As Men With Captaincy Potential

Apart from Matthew Wade, there are Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, who the wicketkeeper-batter feels are good as leaders too. Matthew Wade has not been part of the ODI setup for Australia, as the team has preferred Alex Carey for the last two years. He though stepped up as a leader for Aaron Finch when he missed one T20I game last summer.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

“I love to captain whenever I get an opportunity. I captained in the T20s (against India last summer), and we’ve got plenty of different leaders here,” said Wade.

“Moises is a really good leader, Adam Zampa is getting better and better, ‘Starcy’ and ‘Hoff’ (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) go about their thing,” Wade concluded.

Australia will monitor the fitness of captain Aaron Finch ahead of the ODI series against West Indies after he picked up a knee injury during the final T20I in St Lucia. Aaron Finch twisted his knee in the field and was significantly hampered during the Australian chase, especially when running between the wickets. His innings of 34 was ended by a spectacular catch at long-on by Fabian Allen as Australia fell 16 short to concede the series 4-1.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

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