Wade is looking forward to putting his plans into action during the last two Test matches
Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has announced that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the national team regain their number one Test team ranking.
Wade noted that he would bat to the best of his ability in the last two Test matches and even hinted at using sledging tactics if that helped to unsettle the South African batsmen at the crease.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win so that’s how I want to be remembered when I finish, to me it’s not about your average and what you have done stats-wise. To me it’s about winning games for Australia. Stats don’t tell you when you’ve made your runs and in what situation. I love the contest. That’s what cricket is all about. A bloke is bowling 150km/h at you and trying to get you out and you’re trying to counter that,” Wade said.
Wade also revealed that he had actually become a wicketkeeper by accident after initially being discovered as an off-spinner at the David Boon coaching clinic.
“I was an offie that tried to bat a bit but I wasn’t much good. I would throw little darts, I don’t think I’ll get a bowl in this Test. It (wicketkeeping) is something I fell into to be honest. I was at an under-13 David Boon camp and they needed a keeper for this centre-wicket practice and I said, ‘Oh well, I will have a crack at it’. Tim Coyle, the coach of Tasmania, was out there and must have seen a bit of talent, so I then worked hard at it for three or four years. After I started keeping, I loved it … you are always in the game,” Wade added.