Australia in India, 2012-13 February 11, 2013

Wade to captain Australians in tour-opener

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Matthew Wade, who will captain the Australians in their tour-opener, against the Board President's XI at the Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai starting Tuesday, believes fast bowlers can be as successful as spinners in India, especially fast bowlers as pedigreed - if not experienced - as Australia's.

"I saw a bit of the England series and in the last Test especially, the England quicks took a lot of wickets," Wade said. "We've got a great fast-bowling attack. We've got [Peter] Siddle, [James] Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, along with a couple of spinners. I'm not sure which way we'll go but I'm sure the quicks will do a good job. Reverse swing is a big thing in India as well."

Wade said the bowlers will have to be at their best to get the better of India. "The guys in the Indian team, they're very, very good batters," Wade said. "They're very experienced, especially in these conditions. We know how hard it is to win in India. So, we've got to work hard in the next 10-15 days to be ready to go in the first Test match."

Wade, whose captaincy experience is limited to youth sides, won't have many selection issues on hand as only 11 of the 17-man squad have arrived in India. The others will be in in time for the three-day game against India A, which begins on February 16 at the same venue. Wade hoped this two-day game will provide them quality time in the middle.

"To bat a long time would be great for our batters," Wade said. "It would be great if the top five or six can get in and have a good, long innings in these conditions and get used to the wicket and the heat. Also, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson haven't bowled a lot in the last few months, and if they can get a few overs under their belt in a match scenario, it would be good for us. And, definitely, play some spin."

Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja are the only specialist Test batsmen who are already in India. Moises Henriques, Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell are the others who can bat. This will give Wade a chance to bat higher in the order. He has previously batted at No. 6 to allow an extra bowler in the side, and won't mind doing it again should he be called upon.

"I am happy to bat six if that's what Michael and the selectors want me to do," Wade said. "Happy to bat anywhere in the Australian team. If it suits batting six, will be great."

Australians Matthew Wade (capt. & wk), Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Ashton Agar

Board President's XI (from) Abhinav Mukund (capt.), Parthiv Patel (wk), Sarabjit Ladda, Parvinder Awana, Stuart Binny, Kedar Jadhav, Kamlesh Makvana, Mandeep Singh, Parvez Rassol, Ambati Rayudu, Shami Ahmed, Robin Uthappa

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  • Shuraim on February 12, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Meety can't agree more on wade and hughes comment especially considering the fact both wadey's centuries against quality spin and under pressure/spin friendly cinditions that to go with fighting half cengury against Sa at the waca. Hughes too seems to be much more improved player now.But only concern

  • Bruisers on February 12, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Parvez Rasool and Vishal Joshi should be in the Test team in place of overrated Ashwin and Harbhajan.

  • Sunil_Batra on February 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Guys go easy on the batsman today, i know no one went on but it was the first day in foreign conditions. Smith is 23, Maxwell 24and Henriques 26. They are kids still learning the trade, just like Hughes, Khawaja, Warner, in the batting area, Starc, Pattinson, Bird in the bowling area. They will often fail at this age but that's part of the process. I am predicting a big one from Khawaja in the second gameI think they will improve over the next few years and giving them a taste of international cricket now will give them the experience of what its like at the next level and what is to be expected of them. A player will only know their true potential by playing against the best and then taking that experience away. They may not be up to it in the long run. But we need to build for the future. Watson and Cowan will now have to face off in game 2. Khawaja should bat at 4 where we want him in tests and he should do well. And experiences like this are imperative in the learning.

  • dakshinap on February 12, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Hai ! Advanced Happy B'day to Mr. Parvez Rassool and I think you already got the B'day gift (7 for 45). I hope tommorrw you will do well with bat, congrats!!!.

  • Edwards_Anderson on February 12, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Paul you are right, we just didn't get any traction today with the batters, no one went on. Looking forward to seeing how our spinners go tomorrow against their batsman. And i heard on the radio that Khawaja got a terrible call from the umpire, hopefully that's not repeated in the next warm up game. Watson should open with Cowan in the next game so we can see who does better as opener and Khawaja should bat at 4 which is the position we need him in the tests to see if he can do business there which i think he will.

  • Captain_Crick on February 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Great job Parvez Rassol for getting 7 wickets! India's inexperienced bowling line up would be put to test against the likes of Cowan, Clarke, Watto and Warner. The Aussie team with its good fast bowling line up looks stronger on paper given India's recent test form. Neither sides have great match winning spinners. Jaffer's omission as opener would be repented by India in this series. Best of luck to both the teams! Looking forward to a good competitive test series.

  • JB77 on February 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @ D-Train: Of course they're not going to play him. My point was, out of all of the developing cricketers in state cricket, why would you bring a 19 yo spinner who's played 2 fist class matches on a trip to India? What has he done to earn the privilege of touring with the test squad? Out of all the developing bowlers Aus has at the moment, why pick Agar? As I said - he should be nowhere near the Test squad yet.

  • Paul_Rampley on February 12, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    I think most people including me were hoping for some big scores from today that would make the batting landscape clearer but that didn't happen, Cowan, Khawaja, Smith all got starts but no one went on. This makes the second warm up game even more interesting as Watson will bat too and try to take the opening spot off Cowan. I am also predicting a big one from Khawaja in the second warm up and looking forward to seeing how our spinners go as well.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 12, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    All of the best of Australia could muster played, and they all showed themselves useless in another pathetic performance. Who said Australia couldn't play spin? Ah, yes, they were right all along. 241 all out against a 4th XI bowling attack. Time to think again Australia. Stop using a seamer for your spinner and bring in some new blood fast.

  • sanjaycrickfan on February 12, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Good bowling effort by Parvez Rasool.