Wade on notice period

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DH News Service, Nagpur, Sep 30 2017, 23:29 IST

‘Have been told to score if I need to be picked

Australian cricketer Matthew Wade during his arrival to participate foe the first ODI against India, at Chennai Airpot on Saturday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

The Australians ended a wretched ODI run with a fighting win in Bengaluru, bringing to an end an 11-match losing streak away from home and also an eight-match winless run in all. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade said the team is determined to end the ODI series on a high that would give them a huge confidence booster for the T20I series.

“We need to play well on the road in the ODI format so the final match is important to us,” said Wade here on Saturday.

“There has been plenty of talk about our record away from home, so it was nice to get that monkey off the back with a win in the last match that can hopefully get some momentum going forward.

“This is a new team and it will be nice to get some wins under our belt and get some continuity. It will be nice to play 5 or 6 or 7 matches with a similar looking team. Our players have not performed well enough, myself included. It will be nice to finish here with a win and then lead into the Australian summer.”

Wade, who was dropped for the third game following a run of poor scores and is under pressure, said he knows he’s walking on a tight rope.

“My performance has been summed up by me getting dropped in the last game, so there is no point sitting up here and thinking about what has already happened. My form with the bat has not been good enough. The selectors have told me that I need score runs if I need to be picked.

“(But) a lot has been made about me failing in the Bangladesh and couple of times here. Before I played in India I was batting really well.

“I would have liked to score more runs in this series but has not happened. If I go back to the way I was batting in India (during the Test series) where I played quite well. It is not panic situation yet and I know what I have to do.”



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