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Matthew Wade feels Alex Carey is going to be Australia’s next wicket-keeper

Wade has found a spot in the 17-squad named for the upcoming Ashes. However, it will be skipper Tim Paine, who will take the behind the wicket.

cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2019 16:14 IST
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Australia's Alex Carey plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup second semi-final between England and Australia.
Australia's Alex Carey plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup second semi-final between England and Australia.(AFP)
         

Australia’s Matthew Wade thinks Alex Carey is going to be team’s next wicket-keeper and he is not pushing for the spot anymore. “I don’t feel like I’m pushing for that [wicket-keeper] spot too much anymore. I think [Alex Carey] is going to be the next wicket-keeper for Australia. I think everyone knows that, it’s just a matter of time for that to happen,” ICC quoted Wade as saying.

Wade has found a spot in the 17-squad named for the upcoming Ashes. However, it will be skipper Tim Paine, who will take the behind the wicket.

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Wade expressed his excitement over being included in the squad and said he will do the wicket-keeping if something happens to Paine as Carey is not playing in the Ashes.

“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 (Paine) on the morning of a Test, then I can stand in and ‘keep. I’ve got no issues there. I’ve been away for a long time and I am excited to be back,” he said.

Wade, who hasn’t played international cricket since October 2017, stated that he sees himself as a batsman in the upcoming Ashes tour.

“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 into it. Fingers crossed I get an opportunity,” he said.

Australia will face England for the first Test match in the Ashes on August 1.

First Published: Jul 28, 2019 16:13 IST

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