Matthew Wade: The Australian wicket-keeper batsman started his innings on a brisk and brave note at the Ageas Bowl.

During the third T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of England in Southampton, Australia wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade provided his team with a brisk start in the second innings.

Chasing a 146-run target, Wade came out to bat as Australia captain Aaron Finch’s opening partner. With David Warner rested for this match, the left-hand batsman has opened after more than eight years in a T20I.

Having mis-timed a pull off England spearhead Jofra Archer for a boundary, Wade seemed to have made it a point to find his timing in the same over.

On the last delivery of the first over, Wade became a source of amazement as he put on display a colossal pick-up shot over the deep square leg region for a six. It is worth mentioning that both Wade and Archer represent Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.

Wade, who looked in his zone against the new ball, couldn’t extent his stay as his attempt to hit England fast bowler Mark Wood over mid-on saw him hitting the ball straight to Chris Jordan. The 32-year old player ended up scoring 14 (9) with the help of one four and one six.

After Finch won the toss and invited England in to bat, the hosts scored an unconvincing 145/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.

Having scored 55 (44) with the help of three fours and sixes each, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was the pick of their batsmen as he registered his first T20I half-century as an opening batsman after more than 18 months. With bolwing figures of 4-0-34-2, Australia’s Adam Zampa was their best bowler.

Matthew Wade hits colossal six off Jofra Archer

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