Wade is hoping to bowl a few more overs in the near future
Australia captain Michael Clarke has hinted at the possibility of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade bowling a few more overs in the near future after his over of medium pace during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.
Clarke’s decision to give Wade the ball shocked the entire cricketing community, given the fact that he had never bowled a single delivery in first-class cricket.
However, Wade’s bowling impressed many people and he even clocked speeds of up to 132kph during his maiden over just before the tea break on the final day of play.
Clarke noted that Wade had been bowling well in the nets and added that while the wicketkeeper had not taken a wicket, he had not disgraced himself either.
“He bowled with good pace,” Clarke wrote in his column for News Ltd. “There are some opening bowlers around the world who struggle to reach the 132kph Matt generated.
“We’re going to see more of Matthew Wade bowling in Test cricket, that’s for sure. The only thing we have to figure out now is who will take the gloves, Phil Hughes, who did it [during the first Test], or Dave Warner?
“Matt got me out a couple of times in the nets and got himself an over in Test cricket. It won’t be his last. He loves his bowling. And it reinforces my belief since I’ve been captain that it doesn’t matter how we get 20 wickets or who takes them to win the Test. If Matt gets some of those or Mike Hussey or Dave Warner then great. It’s like making runs. The tail makes important runs for the team, so every now and then the batters are going to have to chip in to help the bowlers.”
Australia’s bowing stocks were extremely thin during the second innings of the first Test since pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus had left the field with a side injury, while Clarke’s spin was not an option either due to his hamstring injury he picked up.
Clarke’s decision to bowl Wade may have surprised everyone, but it could potentially become one of the biggest talking points of his tenure as captain.
In the 19 Tests Clarke has been captain, batsman Michael Hussey’s medium pace has resulted in five wickets, while opener David Warner’s leg-spin has claimed four victims.
During the three-Test series against South Africa, Clarke also used former captain Ricky Ponting and debutant Rob Quiney to try and trouble the South African batsmen.
While Wade was upset that he hadn’t picked up a wicket in his first over, he noted that he would love the opportunity to bowl again, especially on skiddy pitches, where the ball will stay low and keep the batsmen on their toes.
“I would like to,” Wade said. “The wicket was very up-and-down and I’m not the most gifted in the height department, so I think [Clarke] was just hoping I would get one to run along the ground. We’re off to India [next month], I’ll keep practising in the nets and hopefully he throws me the ball.”