In the absence of regular skipper Aaron Finch, Cricket Australia captained wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade for the five-match T20 series against Bangladesh. Finch is battling a right knee injury and will need surgery. Finch is expected to be fully fit before the T20 World Cup. The first T20 match will be played between Australia and Bangladesh on August 3 in Kaaka.
Matthew Wade was previously a captain in domestic cricket and has plenty of experience. Wade has been made captain by the absence of players such as Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell. The Kangaroo team recently suffered a 4-1 loss to the West Indies in the T20 series. However, in the ODI series, the team came back and won the series 2-1. Finch had left the tour of the West Indies midway through his injury and returned home in his absence, with Alex Carey leading the side in ODIs.
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It was Australia’s last T20 series before the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, the team wants to gain confidence by making a strong showing against Bangladesh. The first of the five-match T20 series between the two teams will be held on August 3, the second T20 on August 4 and the third on August 6. The last two T20 matches will be held on August 7 and 9. By performing well in the series as a captain, Matthew Wade gets the golden opportunity to secure his place in the T20 World Cup.