Stand-in captain Wade won't make big changes

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, Australia's stand-in captain for the upcoming One-Day International series against New Zealand, is against making drastic changes during the tournament.


Matthew Wade was chosen as Australia's captain after Steve Smith pulled out of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODIs with injury.

Stand-in Australia captain Matthew Wade has no plans to make drastic changes in the One-Day International series against New Zealand.

With Steve Smith out injured and David Warner rested, Wade >is taking on captaincy duties for the three-match series starting on Monday. But the wicketkeeper said there was no need for him to change much, instead trying to continue the work done by Smith and vice-captain Warner. "I don't think for me personally it's about putting a stamp on the team. It's about driving the values and the game plan that we have in one-day cricket going forward," Wade said on Saturday.

'Keeping the ball rolling'

"Steven and David have put their stamp on the team, it's just about me driving those key messages through to the players. We've performed very well in one-day cricket over a period of time so it's not about trying to change too much, it's about keeping the ball rolling."

Australia holds the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after a convincing 3-0 series win over New Zealand in December. However, Wade said taking on the Black Caps in Auckland, Napier and Hamilton presented an entirely different challenge. "They play well here," he said.

"We'd like to think we're hard to beat when you come to Australia, it's the same when we come here. We expect a hard challenge over the next three games, but we've got a young squad and we're excited to go out there and really have a crack at it."

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