May 10, 2012

Australian cricket

Wade braces himself for English swing

Carlyle Laurie

Australia's wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who is part of their 15-man ODI squad to England, tells the Age that his focus will be on the tricky wicketkeeping conditions in England during their pre-Ashes visit in July. Wade, who has never set foot on English soil, will get his first look at the late swing that has confounded many a foreign gloveman.

''I'm looking forward to going over there and testing my skills in those conditions. It can almost be a little bit easier at times when everyone knows the ball is going to wobble around a bit so if you do fumble a few everyone knows what's going on,'' he said.

''I'll do a heap of work here in the next two or three weeks with [Victorian coach Greg Shipperd], with the ball swinging, speak to the right people who have played over there. I have to try to get better, that's the next thing for me, if I want to stay on the international scene."

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