Keeper Wade up for ‘the scrap’ against SA

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RECALLED Aus­tralia wick­et­keeper Matthew Wade has de­clared him­self up for “the scrap” if things get heated in the dead rub­ber test against South Africa in Ade­laide.

The abra­sive Wade re­places the more low-key Peter Nevill in a rad­i­cally re­vamped Aus­tralia squad as the hosts look to avoid a first ever 3-0 se­ries sweep on home soil.

Wade’s se­lec­tion has proven con­tentious, with his glove-work con­sid­ered in­fe­rior to Nevill’s and his re­cent bat­ting form in do­mes­tic cricket patchy at best.

But the 28-year-old has two test cen­turies to his credit in his ca­reer of 12 matches, the last out­ing com­ing away to In­dia in 2013.

In­terim chair­man of se­lec­tors Trevor Hohns also en­dorsed Wade as a “tough com­peti­tor”, the kind of per­son­al­ity his panel was hop­ing could sup­port young cap­tain Steven Smith in tak­ing a raw team for­ward.

“I en­joy that part of the game, I en­joy the scrap,” Wade told re­porters in Ade­laide yes­ter­day.

“I en­joy get­ting out there when our backs are to the wall. Hope­fully that doesn’t come in this test, but if it does I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there and hav­ing a scrap, yeah.”

Vic­to­ria cap­tain Wade’s on-field de­meanour has landed him in hot wa­ter on oc­ca­sion, most re­cently dur­ing Aus­tralia’s 5-0 white­wash in the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries in South Africa.

He was fined 25 per­cent of his match fee along with Proteas bowler Tabraiz Shamsi in Port El­iz­a­beth af­ter the pair clashed and ig­nored um­pires’ or­ders to back away from a heated ex­change. – Re-

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