Matthew Wade to captain Australia in opening tour game vs BP XI
Sydney: Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will lead the touring Australian side in a two-day game against the Board President`s XI in Chennai from Tuesday.
"I did half a Shield game or whatever for the Vics. Apart from that, that`s it," Wade was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald today.
"The bigger guns aren`t here as yet so we`ve only got 11 to pick from tomorrow."
Wade said he was keen to give his pace bowlers Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird plenty of work in the match.
A key aspect of the game will be the performances of allrounders Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques as they do battle for a spot in the side for the first Test against India in Chennai on
Henriques and the big-hitting Maxwell are both uncapped at Test level.
Specialist spinner Nathan Lyon will also be keen to impress, with the squad`s other frontline slow bowler Xavier Doherty expected to play in Australia`s second warm-up game which is a three-day match starting on February 16.
"I`d suggest Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith will bowl plenty of overs in the next few trial games," Wade said.
Western Australia`s 19-year-old left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who has played two first-class games, will be part of Australia`s side for the two-day match and will act as a net bowler as part of the touring team`s Test-series preparations.
Squad for match: Matthew Wade (capt), Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Ashton Agar.