Sydney, Jul 28 : Australian cricketer Matthew Wade is of the view that Alex Carey is going to be team’s next gloveman and he is not pushing for the spot anymore.
“I don't feel like I'm pushing for that spot [as a wicketkeeper] too much anymore. I think [Alex Carey] is going to be the next wicketkeeper for Australia, I think everyone knows that, it's just a matter of time for that to happen,'' The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.
Wade hinted that he wouldn't mind wearing and keeping gloves if something happens to Tim. ''It's just a luxury that I've played 20 Tests and a lot of one-dayers as a ‘keeper that if something happens to Tim on the morning of a Test then I can stand in and ‘keep. I've got no issues there,” he said.
Wade eventually got the best of both worlds, remaining at home for the birth of daughter Goldie in mid-June before flying out four days and later joining Tim Paine’s A side, for whom he delivered scores of 117 and 155 in four one-day games against county teams and even 114 in a four-day match against England Lions a fortnight ago.
He is the reserve gloveman on the tour but his priority is with the bat, with which he has flourished by being tested at Bellerive Oval after returning to Tasmania from Victoria two years ago. “I see myself as a batter on this tour and if there is an opportunity to bat at five or six, wherever it is, I am comfortable to step in to it. Fingers crossed I get an opportunity,” he said.
The Australian player, also revealed that he didn't want to travel to England for the trials with the Australia A squad for the Ashes as he was expecting the birth of his child in June and wanted to be with his wife then. “I felt like I'd put a lot of runs on the board already, that if that wasn't enough I was comfortable with that. Family comes first for me obviously and all of the cricketers here. It was a sticky situation'' he said on Saturday.
“I was probably going to pass on the Australia A tour because we were going to have the baby and I rang [wife] Julia during the [final] Shield game and basically told her I was a chance to get picked in that Australia A tour and she told me to go. So all credit to her to be honest, otherwise I wouldn't be here.'' he added.(UNI)