Australia in India, 2012-13

Wade to captain Australians in tour-opener

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February 11, 2013

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Matthew Wade top scored with 68 from No. 8, Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, 2nd day, Perth, December 1, 2012
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!!.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 12, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Good bowling effort by Parvez Rasool.

Posted by cric_gates on (February 12, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Rasool gives hope to our clueless indian selector.... he is better spinner than aswin....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Well done Ed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

@ Meety .... oh please .... open your eyes and look at the body language!!! Wade became Clarke's best mate after saving him in the WI. Have a look at the photo of the WM Trophy. Couldn't get much closer. After dropping so many catches and missing so many stumpings there could only be one reason for him being in the test team. I agree that he is improving but he still falls asleep. Did you see the catch that Haddin took in the ODI Series?? Wade wouldn't have come close to it.

But I guess you would think that the selection of this team is fine and that it is more important that Smith and Maxwell got an opportunity to bat together rather than Warner and Cowan.

@ Shaggy076 .... looking good in a ODI or T20 is a lot different than looking good in a 120 over innings. I guess that we will have to wait until the end of the series.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 12, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

A very happy birthday for Parvez Rassool....Well done man...You will play for India one day i am sure!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 12, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Im gonna enjoy this series. CMON INDIA

Posted by Shuraim on (February 12, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

From batting's point of view it was just cowan who somewhat pressed his case, smith and moises weren't far behind though wiating to see how the bowlers turn up tomorrow gotta keep an eye on agar.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 12, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

I guess the good news is that all three batsmen made some runs. Talk about an experimental side!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 12, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Some really good news for India....Parvez Rassool ran through the fragile Aussie line-up tottering at 231/8. It effectively means they don't have much time to prepare against Indian spinners as only one warm-up match left.Also if India 'A' won the toss and bat first, Australia will be left high and dry due to the lack of some serious match practice. Just hoping these sequence of events result in India's win in first test.(Although not reading too much into this performance)

Posted by hycIass on (February 12, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

@Shaggy076 agree with you that Wade has a good future and I would also persist with him and hopefully his glove work improves. I wouldn't bat him at 6 though as we should replace someone of Mike Hussey's ability with another batsman which allows both Cowan and Khawaja to play in the top 6. Watson, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Cowan could work.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 12, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@tragicmagic what exactly do you mean by wishywashy innings by Khawaja, he got 32, Cowan got 35, Smith got 41, Cowan got 58, no one really stood out, you are trying to pick something that's not there mate. Yes Maxwell's duck was dissapointing but there is one more warm up game left so the battle for batting spots is still on.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

If I were Clarke, I'd be fuming. Australia now have effectivily one warm-up match before the 1st Test. England played 3 warm-up matches and, even then, were arguably under cooked going into the 1st Test (leaving out Panesar didn't help either). India aren't very good but Australia's lack of preparation gives them a great opportunity to go 1 up in the series.

Posted by tragicmagic on (February 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Another wishy washy innings from Khawaja and a Maxwell duck. No surprises, everything running true to form at the moment.

Posted by Adoh on (February 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Maxwell out for another duck. No surprises there.

Posted by ajayrcs on (February 12, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

That inexperience for you. Wade says"England quicks took a lot of wickets and Reverse swing is a big thing in India as well" Its not big its the only thing for a Fast bowler because after 10-20 over bow will show no movement at all. As far as last in England test, It was not they mostly depended on bowlers but it was Cook who was scoring Runs continiously. In Australia no one can bat in such condition i mean "no one" as Cook did. I can't even think of one name who is capable of being listed in Most runs in series for Australia.And Don't say Clarke. He is not a player who can win you a test match, even if he scores triple ton actually he's not an impact player, Yeah Watson is but only for max 1 or 2 game. Have to say India win 3-1.

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 12, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

No option but Wade to Captain, Ed is under pressure from Watto so tour match captaincy would have been the wrong signal, Usman is not yet in the squad so no competition, but nicer to call it a dev opportunity. Aust don't have wicket keep captains bar the occasional fun jury related fill in. I'd be happy to see the T20 allrounders sit out the rest of the tour but Aust batsmen don't even bowl PT these days so it's 5 frontline or 4 plus Maxwell/Henriques I guess.

Posted by D-Train on (February 12, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Hey JB. Your comments show how little you know about Australian cricket. Agar is only in the squad on a development basis. They have no intentions of playing him.

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

@Ravichandran Subramanian Kothandan they have ignore tamil nadu players?????? then where did vijay and ashwin come from?????? everybody knows they are good for nothing , still they keep on getting selected..... i like dinesh karthik , but your statement on ignoring tamil nadu players is wrong.....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

During the last test series he played (India in Australia) Haddin's keeping was atrocious, his batting was completely irresponsible and his attitude to coaching was petulant. The last big bash showed his attitude to his batting has not improved, his glove-work started better but went backwards as season wore on and his continual appealing was not only an embarrassment but as Captain of Sydney Pinkos should have ended up in match referee's book. He is lucky to be on the tour. It is time to move on from Haddin. Go Wadey and come on Tim Paine, both of whom represent the future of Australian wicket-keeping.

Posted by thegreatestgame on (February 12, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Interesting selection by the Aussies, lots of all rounders and bowlers. Makes me wonder. Who would win this games...Team A: Warner, Watson, Cowan, Khawaja, Clarke, Hughes, Bailey, Voges, Wade, Finch and March versus Team B: Pattinson, Starc, Cummins, Johnson, Siddle, Richardson, Hilfenhaus, Haddin, Bird and McKay? 5o over match. 5 overs for each bowler. All 10 must bowl. Team A can bat well, but bowling? Team B can bowl well but batting? l have a hunch Team B might win! Anyone agree?

Posted by JB77 on (February 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Firstly, I am an Aussie. Secondly, I realise that this is a warm-up match and that the whole squad isn't in India yet. Thirdly, the selectors are nuts. Maxwell, Smith and Henriques - none of these guys should be anywhere near the test squad. Very average T20 'all-rounders' are *not* the future of the Aus test team. The three of them combined would barely make one decent test player. Agar - two first-class matches?! Again, he should be nowhere near the Test squad yet. What about the players that have done their time at state level? Lehman and Hussey had to score 1000's of runs before they got a look in. Players such as Ferguson should be higher up the pecking order than the Smiths and Maxwells of the world.

Posted by Meety on (February 12, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@Shaggy076 on (February 12, 2013, 4:37 GMT) - well said. Wade's keeping since the meeting with Healy has been notably better, including some very good work off Maxwell (sharp catch & stumping). He will only get better. @Jo Langford - please explain HOW Wade is a "Clarke-man"? Baseless comments like that, make you look foolish! Funny how people like you were saying Haddin was a "Clarke-man", why isn't he in the squad?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 12, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Lol..The next great start Shammi Ahmed getting hammered.He is giving runs as if playing a T20 match...India needs to buy some pacers from Bangladesh,Kenya & Zimbabwe.Even their standard is higher than that

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (February 12, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

I think wade is an overrated player.if aussies go with right selection,haddin is frontline w.keeper nd there is no place for wade but he finds his place and go on to captain the team.that's joke of the decade

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Dashgar - Matthew Wade is not even fit to be Aussie keeper let alone future captain.

Posted by Dashgar on (February 12, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

Although this is barely more than a training session it's good to see Wade's leadership potential being rewarded. Already Greg Shipheard, coach of Victoria, has tipped him as a future Australian captain. Hope the boys can find a bit of form, especially Cowan and Maxwell with the bat.

Posted by Meety on (February 12, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

@thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on (February 11, 2013, 16:29 GMT) - you realise that one of Hughes's 3 test tons was in SL, who have better spinners atm than India? He has no more weakness against spin than any England batsmen & most failed in SL, with time they improved v India (primarily Cook & KP). == == == Wade getting the vice captaincy for the tour game should be good experience for the role at Test level. He is much better suited to the role than Watto. (Although I thought Watto captained well in the 5th ODI the other night).

Posted by landl47 on (February 11, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

In the last test, Anderson took 4 wickets, Swann and Panesar took 4 wickets and there was a run-out. India only lost 9 wickets on as dead a pitch as you'll ever see- it was impossible to score on and very difficult to get out on.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

These games are supposed to be warm up games for the players who are expected to be in the Test Team .... not a match that placates the selection of players who should not be in the touring party.

A great opportunity for the Australian batting line up to iron out any problems has been thrown away.

Wade as Captain .... what a joke!!! I guess being a Clarke-man gives you certain privilages!!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

This would be interesting no good spinners from Indian side except Bhajji (considering he is back to form) and no good solid batsman from Australia. In Indian pitches any batsmen can be hero so taking the batsman out of equation this would be a boring test series. May be no result in 2 to 3 tests.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

yeah it would be a great to see a young man to captain a side outside the country it might be a freat experience for wadeeeeeee

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

The team selection of India A and board Xi again shows how biased are the selectors. They have totally ignored TN Players particularly Karthik when he is good enough to replace Dhoni for the Ranchi ODI why can;t they give the chance to play against Aussie. Dinesh ought to be there in the squad as he is in good form and could have been handy player even as opener as he is very successful in tours like England and SA.

Posted by thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on (February 11, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

It'll be an interesting batting order for this game!! Only two frontline batsmen! So Clarke, Watson, Hughes and Johnson only get one warm up game before the first test? Not ideal. Hughes especially needs the practice against spin. Looking forward to this series...

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@nathangonmad - hes probably referring to anderson - the only england quick of any relevance.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

anderson took lot of wickets

Posted by nathangonmad on (February 11, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

England quicks took a lot of wickets? What game was he watching? It was the Swanny and Monty show!

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