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Matthew Wade warns Australia to not ‘go too far the other way’

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade says Australia should not go too far the other way and lose competitiveness in the wake of ball-tampering scandal that saw three of their players banned.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 11:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Matthew Wade has played 22 Tests for Australia.(Getty Images)

Discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has stoked a controversy of sorts by claiming that Australia should not ‘go too far the other way’, as they may lose their drive if they try and play like New Zealand.

Australia were hit by a string of controversies during their last Test assignment in South Africa, which saw players not only being fined and reprimanded for their on-field conduct, but their captain and vice captain were banned for a year for tampering the ball in the final Test at Cape Town.

Australia captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner were banned for a year, while rookie opener Cameron Bancroft banned for nine months by Cricket Australia (CA) for stoking the ball-tampering controversy.

There were calls made by cricket fraternity for Australia to reassess their approach and on-field conduct, which were bolstered by Darren Lehmann’s admission that Australia should draw a few lessons from New Zealand’s book.

Wade, who was brought into the Test side in end 2016 for bringing in competitiveness and strong verbal support to the bowlers in place of Peter Nevill, wants Australia to not go too soft.

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Wade was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au, “When I got back into the team (after five straight losses in 2016), there was a lot of media and public stir about how they wanted the team to have a crack through that period. They felt like we were rolling over a little bit.”

“I hope now we don’t go too far the other way and lose all our drive … and try and play like New Zealand. Every team needs a bit of competitiveness on the field. What happened in South Africa wasn’t a good look. But I just think we need to be careful about what direction we go in from here.”

Interestingly, Wade, who was dropped for his lack of runs, says that he too would take a look at his own approach. “You want to be playing for Australia, but there was certainly a part of me that was feeling a touch lucky I wasn’t there (in Cape Town),” he said.

“When I came in, the game was a lot different, there’s no doubt about that. But now the game is moving in a different direction and certainly with the stuff that’s happened in South Africa I will look at the way I go about it,” Wade added.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 11:29 IST