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Steve Smith will be a great captain if he gets an opportunity, says Matthew Wade

December 9, 2020

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Australia’s substitute skipper Matthew Wade recently admitted that Steve Smith could do a great job if he leads the side. In the 2nd T20, Wade became Australia’s 11th T20I captain. Wade played a brilliant inning but led his team in the 6-wicket loss to the visitors.

After the 2018 ball-tampering incident in Cape Town, Aaron Finch was handed over the captaincy in white-ball cricket. Tim Paine was given the reins in Tests.

Matthew Wade acknowledged that the entire squad is full of leaders who successfully co-exist. He added that Steve Smith had been a prominent captain for a long time and he will do great work if he gets a chance. Matthew Wade, who scored a brilliant 58 off 32 on Sunday feels that he restarted his career a couple of years ago.

I am a completely different player from the last two years: Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade was eliminated from Australia’s Test and T20 squad ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes. The status didn’t change for quite a few years. He earned a call for the national side after having scored massive runs for Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes.

The 32-year-old announced his comeback in fashion by aggregating 337 runs in the five Ashes Tests last year. The wicket-keeper batsman also revealed that he is ultimately a different cricketer over the previous two years. Wade gave the examples of Brad Haddin and Michael Hussey who were late bloomers before making it big in the international arena.

Matthew Wade concluded that every game he plays for Australia is the one he didn’t think he would get. It can also be his last game, or he could play the other 50 games.

The Australian keeper has scored 3,564 runs in 32 Tests, 94 ODIs, and 32 T20Is. He will again captain the Aussies on Tuesday if Aaron Finch doesn’t recover in time. The southpaw will aim to stamp his authority as a skipper and help the side end the T20 series on a winning note.

The hosts are dealing with a spate of injuries with David Warner in doubt for the first Test. Starc has also withdrawn from the T20 series due to illness in the family. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are likely to build up sufficient workloads for a big upcoming Test summer. However, Matthew Wade stated that the players would have ample time to come together before the first Test.

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