AAP Australian Sports – Matthew Wade will play as a batter-only in Australia A’s opening match in England, with Peter Handscomb set to wear the gloves.

Summary

  • Matthew Wade will play as a batter-only in Australia A’s opening match in England, with Peter Handscomb set to wear the gloves.
  • Wade arrived in England late after staying at home for the birth of his second daughter last week, but was always going to share the gloves on the tour.
  • Floated as a candidate to play as a batsman in the home Test summer, Wade scored 1021 Sheffield Shield runs at 60.05 for Tasmania last season and only kept when Tim Paine wasn’t available.
  • The former Test wicketkeeper will now only wear the gloves in three of the five one-day matches on the England tour and none of the red-ball games when Paine arrives.
  • Wade almost missed the tour to remain at home with his pregnant wife Julia, before she insisted he took the opportunity.

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