Cricket Victoria backs captain Wade
Matthew Wade is often described as a fighter, and as the young captain of a Victorian team that has fallen off a cliff in his first season in charge, he has had to be.
But Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide believes the challenges confronted by Wade, who has also been ousted by Brad Haddin as the preferred Australian wicketkeeper in all three formats over the past 12 months, could be the making of him.
Wade will lead a new-look Victorian side against South Australia in Adelaide from Thursday. Five players were banished after the Bushrangers’ dreadful performance against NSW, since described by CV chairman Geoff Tamblyn as ”pathetic”.
Dodemaide has indicated everyone, including contracted coaches Greg Shipperd and Simon Helmot, will be part of a review at the end of the season. But he stood by the decision to replace Cameron White with Wade as leader.
”He is absolutely finding it tough at the moment, he would be, but he is a real fighter and he wouldn’t have gone to those levels [two Test centuries] in the first place if he didn’t have good raw materials,” Dodemaide said.
”He’s got a lot of character as a young bloke and it’s extremely tough in your first year as state captain, particularly when you’re inheriting a team that has had a great amount of success and there’s still a lot of those characters around the team. That is a good thing, but it can also be daunting.
”There is certainly no suggestion it’s been the wrong call. He needs support and he needs to learn the lessons he’s going through at the moment, but there’s no doubt that will make him a better player.”
Wade is jostling with Tim Paine and Peter Nevill for the right to replace Haddin when he retires.
His immediate focus is to restore respectability to Victoria. He will have at his disposal Geelong quick Jake Reed, who leads the wickets column in Premier cricket with 46 scalps. The axings included Aaron Finch, Clint Mckay, Dan Christian and James Muirhead.
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