After absorbing 137 balls as his betting partner fell around him on Monday, temporary opener Matthew Wade said he would be delighted to stay at the top ranks in Australia in the rest of the test series against India.
Wade, promoted to replace injured David Warner, was sent off with 40 wins on day 3 of his second test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, but scored the highest in Australia with the home team falling from the stump to 133 points with 6 wins. .
On a gloomy day for home fans, Wade’s patience encouraged Tim Paine’s team, especially when fighting the troubles of his opening partner Joe Burns.
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At Burns out for a duck and four in Melbourne, if Warner fits his third test in Sydney, he could be a professional opener rather than a stand-in wade.
“It was really fun to get out there and get into it,” said Wade, who admitted to struggling as a spectator while giving orders.
“When (Coach) Justin (Langer) asked me if I was happy, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
“But now I did. It’s okay… who knows? We will wait with the red ball.”
India vs Australia-Second Test, Day 3 Highlights
Wade struck Ravichandran Ashwin in a brisk match of 39 pitches and 30 strokes in the first inning and was trapped in a pound by Ravindra Jadeja on day 3. He scored 8 points and 33 points in Australia’s best 8-weeket win at the opening of the series in Adelaide.
Wade’s output compares with most of his batting teammates, notably Steve Smith, on Monday, where Jasprit Bumrah bowled eight legs following the duck in one inning.
Smith scored the worst on the test, nursing back problems in the lead-up to Adelaide, but Wade said the master hitter didn’t complain about it.
Australia’s rescue mission will be undertaken on Day 4 by young all-rounders Cameron Green (17) and Taylor Pat Cummins (15).
Wade said Australian bowlers would take “anything” to defend. In the end, Australia won Adelaide after India recorded the lowest 36 in total test innings.
Wade told Green and Cummins, “It would be great to have a good partnership between these two.
“It would be nice if there were more than 100.”