Smith for T20 World Cup? ‘Fingers crossed’ says Australia’s Wade

Smith for T20 World Cup? ‘Fingers crossed’ says Australia’s Wade

Matthew Wade is hoping that Steve Smith does make it to the T20 World Cup 2024 squad but admitted that the road ahead would be tough for the star batter.

Smith didn’t have the best of times in the series against New Zealand as he scored just 15 runs from two matches. The star batter has been used as an opener recently, but with Australia having Travis Head and David Warner in form, it does leave Smith in a spot of bother.

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Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Inglis and Tim David are expected to fill up the middle-order for the Aussies as well, and it leaves Smith in a limbo. Wade, while talking to cricket.com.au after the New Zealand series win, admitted that there would be a few players who would be unlucky to not make the cut for the trip to the Caribbean and the USA in June.

“Obviously Smithy hasn’t played a heap of T20 cricket in the last little bit for Australia,” said Wade.

“Fingers crossed he makes it but there’s always going to be someone who’s unlucky.”

Going to be tight for those last few spots: Matthew Wade

Apart from the aforementiond names, the likes of Matt Short, Nathan Ellis and Spencer Johnson have also impressed for the Aussies in recent times. This has made Wade feel that the race for the final few spots is going to be tough.

The wicket-keeper joked that he doesn’t envy George Bailey’s job at all as he feels it would be very tough to make the final 15 for the upcoming ICC tournament.

“It’s going to be tight for those last few spots, I don’t envy George’s (Bailey, selection chair) position.”

“I wouldn’t want to be picking the 15, there’s going to be a couple of unlucky players.”

“But as I said there’s always injury around, guys that are outside the 15 may get opportunities as well so we’re happy we’ve got so much depth,” said Wade.

Australia are Group B for the T20 World Cup 2024 alongside defending champions England, Namibia, Oman and Scotland. They will start their campaign against Oman on June 6.

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Feb 26, 2024

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