Australia’s Wade up for ‘the scrap’ against South Africa
MELBOURNE: Recalled Australia wicket keeper Matthew Wade has declared himself up for â€œthe scrapâ€ if things get heated in the dead rubber Test against South Africa in Adelaide. The abrasive Wade replaces the more low-key Peter Nevill in a radically revamped Australia squad as the hosts look to avoid a first ever 3-0 series sweep on home soil.Wadeâ€™s selection has proven contentious, with his glove work considered inferior to Nevillâ€™s and his recent batting form in domestic cricket patchy at best. But the 28-year-old has two test centuries to his credit in his career of 12 matches, the last outing coming away to India in 2013. Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns also endorsed Wade as a â€œtough competitorâ€, the kind of personality his panel was hoping could support young captain Steven Smith in taking a raw team forward. I enjoy that part of the game, I enjoy the scrap,â€ Wade told reporters in Adelaide on Monday. â€œI enjoy getting out there when our backs are to the wall. Hopefully that doesnâ€™t come in this test, but if it does Iâ€™m looking forward to getting out there and having a scrap, yeah.â€ Victoria captain Wadeâ€™s on-field demeanor has landed him in hot water on occasion, most recently during Australiaâ€™s 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series in South Africa. He was fined 25 percent of his match fee along with Proteas bowler Tabraiz Shamsi in Port Elizabeth after the pair clashed and ignored umpiresâ€™ orders to back away from a heated exchange. â€œObviously Iâ€™ve been picked for a reason and Iâ€™ll just come and play my way,â€ Wade added. â€œIâ€™ve been picked to come in and be a bit of a presence hopefully, I suppose.â€ Wade previously lost his Test spot in part due to his patchy work behind the stumps but he feels he has improved in that department during his time in the test wilderness. â€œThree years ago was a long time ago, so [it is] hard to remember exactly what the selectors told me at that time,â€ he said. â€œBut I knew I needed to work on my keeping at that stage, it was no surprise I was out of the team. Iâ€™ve worked hard on it and Iâ€™m confident in it that I can contribute. â€œItâ€™s not about my wicket keeping or my batting Itâ€™s about trying to find a way as a team to get some wins out.â€ The abrasive Wade replaces the more low-key Peter Nevill in a radically revamped Australia squad as the hosts look to avoid a first ever 3-0 series sweep on home soil.Wadeâ€™s selection has proven contentious, with his glove work considered inferior to Nevillâ€™s and his recent batting form in domestic cricket patchy at best.