Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade will lead the national team in the upcoming five-match T20I series against Bangladesh, Cricket Australia announced on Monday.
CA took time to announce their skipper’s name after Australia’s regular limited-over captain Aaron Finch was ruled out of the Bangladesh series after he sustained a knee injury during their recently-concluded series against West Indies.
Another Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey took the charge in the ODI series in Finch’s absence which they later won by 2-1 to finish their Caribbean tour.
The 33-year old Wade said that he was optimistic about their doing well on Bangladesh soil.
“We haven't changed focus too much, coming with not a lot of cricket probably took us a few games to get going against West Indies. I am expecting good results over here,” Wade told reporters on Monday.
“We've got good leaders in the group and experienced bowlers as well so probably where my leadership will come in a bit more is with our batting group,” he added.
Wade said he’s set to play in the middle order during the series against Bangladesh, with that now being his likely position at the World Cup in October.
“I've been up the top for three years and feel like any time called upon I can do a good job up there, so to go back into the middle order is a challenge. I’m excited to do it. It doesn’t faze me too much, whatever needs to be done.
“Then once the World Cup comes around, whether that means I go back up the top or stay in the middle order we aren't 100 percent sure.
“The way Mitch (Marsh) has come out and played at No. 3 that's certainly another option for us at the top. He could open as well if we needed him to. So we are probably rolling through a few different scenarios of where guys can fit in the best team to come to the World Cup.
“Feel like I have a few more tricks than I had a few years ago and the advantage in these five games is that I can get in there and see what works and what doesn't,” he added.
Australia will also be without fast bowler Riley Meredith, who suffered a side strain and was ruled out of the series opener while young Tasmanian paceman Nathan Ellis has been brought into the squad.
Batsman Ben McDermott, however, has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered having crashed into sideline advertising boards in Barbados.
The five-match series will get underway in Dhaka today behind closed doors.