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Matthew Wade willing to give up keeping for spot in Ashes side

Matthew Wade willing to give up keeping for spot in Ashes side

Matthew Wade is the reserve gloveman for vice-captain Brad Haddin © Getty Images

London: Jul 26, 2013

Matthew Wade has no problems about giving up his wicketkeeping role if he can earn a place in Australia’s Ashes side as a specialist batsman.

The 25-year-old is on tour as the reserve gloveman behind vice-captain and first-choice wicketkeeper Brad Haddin but such have been Australia’s run-scoring problems in falling 2-0 behind in the five-match series that Wade could play in next week’s third Test at Old Trafford as a batsman only.

Wade will try to press his claim in the three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove starting on Friday.

“It’s a huge opportunity for everyone who’s not had a game,” Wade told Sky Sports News on Thursday. The Ashes tour has not started like we wanted, but to get an opportunity to play, which I’ve not had for a couple of months, is great for me.

“I am here as a back-up wicketkeeper but I want to get amongst the runs and push for a spot as a batsman. I’d take a spot where I can get one, wicketkeeper or batsman. If I get a tap on the shoulder to play a game, especially an Ashes game, I’ll take it,” he said.

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