After a lot of deliberation, Cricket Australia (CA) has finally announced Matthew Wade as the captain for the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh starting on August 3. The southpaw will take over the leadership reins from incumbent skipper Aaron Finch, who has been ruled out of the series due to a recurring knee injury he sustained during the fifth T20I against West Indies.
Finch has returned to Australia and is currently serving a mandatory quarantine post which he will undergo surgery to mend his knee. On the other hand, Wade returns to the leadership role, after he had led Australia against India in one of the T20 matches last year.
With just three months left for the T20 World Cup, it is a good chance for the southpaw and Australia to fix a few players and combinations ahead of the marquee event. Wade has a fair bit of experience of captaining teams as he has previously led Victoria, Tasmania, and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL).
“As I said before, we have a really experienced group and, I’m happy to be able to pull the reins from the finch … I’m not too worried at my age,” Wade said. Last month’s .au was told to tell com.
Australia just won a single match during the last T20I series against West Indies. With Bangladesh considered a strong team, especially at home, Australia would be keen to put up a good show.