Matthew Wade named captain of Australia for Bangladesh tour
Australia has chosen the T20 side's vice-captain, Mattew Wade, as captain for the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh. With injury ruling skipper Aaron Finch out of the series during Australia's tour of the Caribbean and Pat Cummins opting out of the series previously, Wade was handed the responsibility to lead the side. Regular captain Aaron Finch left the Australian bio-secure bubble for their tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh, flying home from Barbados to have a minor surgical procedure on his injured right knee.
The 33-year-old, who took over from Carey as the T20 side’s first-choice gloveman last year, became the 11th man to lead the Aussies in the format when Finch missed a solitary game at home against India last summer while Cummins was being rested. Carey could still play against Bangladesh as a specialist batter, as he did in their recent T20 series defeat to the Windies in St Lucia, but will likely be squeezed back out of the side when the likes of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell return unless he can dominate the home side’s spinners on turning pitches in Dhaka. Wade has captained extensively at the domestic level with Victoria, Tasmania, and the Hobart Hurricanes.
“As I’ve said previously we’ve got a really experienced group and I’m happy to take the reins from Finchy … At my age it doesn’t worry me too much,” Wade told cricket Australia last month.
Batsman Ben McDermott has recovered from an ankle injury and is available for selection. The five matches are compressed into less than a week, with other games set for Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and next Monday, all at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade (c), Adam Zampa. Traveling reserves: Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha.
Bangladesh squad: Mahmudullah (c), Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Shaif Uddin, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Rubel Hossain