Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested that the Test team can open with Mathew Wade to accommodate Cameron Green in the playing XI in the upcoming 3-match series against India starting December 17.
Australia will be missing the services of regular opener David Warner after he was ruled out of the 1st Test due to a hamstring injury.
One of either Joe Burns or Will Pucovski will be drafted into the playing XI for the day-night Test in Adelaide.
Burns is not in the best of forms while Pucovski suffered a head injury in the first practice game against India and may not be considered for selection as a result.
Clarke has now thrown Wade’s name into the scene even though he hasn’t opened the batting for Australia in Test cricket. The wicketkeeper though, has opened in ODIs and averages 30.60 from 10 games.
“If you’re going to pick Cameron Green then you’ve got to find another spot for Wadey. He’s got to be in that starting XI but that could be anywhere in that team. That could be opening the batting if need be. I think Wadey can do that,” Clarke told AAP.
All-rounder Green and Pucovski are being hailed as the next big thing in Australian cricket and Clarke feels there is nothing wrong in embracing their talent.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with promoting these two youngsters and being excited about how talented they are.
“We always need to remember that sport at the highest level is very hard and you’ve got to expect that there’s going to be some great times and there’s going to be some tough times.
“As long as we appreciate that as a fan then I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be super excited,” Michael Clarke said.
Green made his international debut in the final ODI against India last week and could play the series opener at the Adelaide Oval against India.
(Input From IndiaToday)