Australians name Wade skipper for T20 series Matthew Wade has been named the captain of Australia’s five-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, which starts in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Wade returned to Australia last month to undergo surgery for a knee injury in the Caribbean, replacing regular captain Aaron Finch.
Australians name Wade skipper for T20 series The 33-year-old Wade took the captain’s armband for the second time in his career, having previously led the team in the second Twenty20 match against India in Australia in December.
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“I’m going to be a caretaker, so the distance between me and the bowler is a lot,” Wade said of the challenge of leading the team.
“That means I have a lot more responsibility on the person, the bowler and the older players around him to help me on the court.
“When you’re coming in and replacing someone, you’re just giving those people the power to take ownership of their game and at the top of the mark they have to perform.”
Regular co-captain Pat Cummins is one of several senior players as the Australians accelerate preparations for the October T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Alex Kerry replaced Finch as captain of the ODI team during the 2-1 series win over the West Indies, and Wade believes his experience could further improve the Australian youth team after the Caribbeans lost the T20 series.
“Where my leadership can come in a little more is with our heating group,” he said.
“Without much international experience among all our heaters, there are probably younger heating groups than us on these tours.
“Bowling only takes care of guys like (Adam) Jumpa, (Mitchell) Stark and (Josh) Hazelwood – they’ve all played a lot of cricket together and can take care of themselves.”