“I never really made that much of an effort for leadership,” he said. “I think you take care of your own backyard and these things take care of themselves.
“Given the relationship I have with (coach) Andrew McDonald and obviously (chief selector) George Bailey and all the coaching staff and selectors of the Australian team, I would have been going to India in any situation. In a senior role anyway. Were.
“So I believe after a long career it’s like a cherry on top, to get another chance to go and captain a country where it’s so much fun to play in, it’s going to be a hell of a time.”
However, he has maintained his form and more importantly, his hunger to keep playing at the highest level. He decided not to play Shield cricket for Tasmania after the BBL last summer and instead traveled to SA20 to play with the Joburg Super Kings. He moved to the PSL for Karachi Kings before moving back to Gujarat Titans in the IPL after winning the title with them in 2022. He was with the team for the entire 2023 IPL but did not play a single game. He then went and played in the Hundred with London Spirit.
“We have the T20 World Cup coming up, will I be the number one keeper there and play or not, will I go in as an extra batsman/keeper, I am not 100% sure. I don’t know if the selectors and coaches are 100% sure. % are confident.
“But I want to be there. I want to play. If it ends up with a No. 7 role as a wicketkeeper, I think I’ve probably earned that spot over the years for the Australian T20 team So, fingers crossed I get approved, but if I don’t I feel really comfortable playing the role.”
“This is a really exciting team,” Wade said. “I didn’t expect to see some of the old faces there. Honestly, those guys have been there for so long, and they’ll hang out there and play in those games.
“Matt Short, who has come on fast in recent times, will be there. I was in South Africa and saw these youngsters perform at the international level and I’m excited to go out and see them do it in India. “
Despite several key players being rested, Wade is hopeful that the series against India will be the start of Australia’s preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup. They have just 11 T20Is between now and the start of the tournament in June, five of which will be against India, three at home against the West Indies in February and three more in New Zealand at the end of the same month.