MELBOURNE: Australia batsman Matthew Wade, who has opened in the first two Tests against India, has stated that he is willing to bat lower down the order and or even sit out if both the regular openers in the squad — Will Pucovski and David Warner — return to the playing XI.
Both Warner and Pucovski have joined the Australian Test squad and have attended nets with Warner making clear that he would play the third Test even if he isn't 100 per cent fit.
"I'll prepare to bat where I have been batting (opening) and if I slide down then I am comfortable batting there," said Wade while speaking to the media during an interaction on Sunday morning. "We expect David to play. So it will be me and David or we make a change. Not sure if it will be me and Will," added Wade.
The left-handed batsman though said he has not been informed about where he will bat in the next Test which begins Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "No, not as yet," Wade said. "Obviously, Will has come back into the squad. Burnsy has gone out. Whether they make that change straightaway, and I slip back down or whether I don't play at all. Who knows?... no indication at this stage of the game."
The 33-year-old further said that he played in the opening slot to prove he is versatile enough to bat in any position. "Coach Justin (Langer) asked me if I am comfortable. He didn't push me or direct me. He asked if I am comfortable to go up there and open the batting. It didn't worry me too much in case of Davey coming back. I thought it was an opportunity to show that I was versatile enough to bat from 1 and 7 — every possible place in the Test line-up. I thought it was a positive opportunity going forward. I can cover all the positions if something goes wrong on the tour. I can keep wickets for Tim Paine. So I saw it more as a positive than worry about being picked in the side. My spot has been speculated for 10 years now. So I will just go out and do what I can do," said Wade. IANS
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