MELBOURNE, June 9: Australian wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade on Tuesday said he would not sledge Indian cricketers during this year�s home Test series as Virat Kohli�s men thrive on verbal duels and use it to their advantage.
Wade has used sharp words to get into the skin of his opponents in the past, especially in the 2017 India ODI series and also during last year�s Ashes.
However, the 32-year-old said he would not want confrontations with Indian players during the much-anticipated four-Test engagement later this year.
�They�re a hard team, they use it (sledging) to their advantage very well. Virat is very clever the way he uses his words or his body language. So they use it as an advantage now. To be honest, I don�t really want to engage too much into that,� Wade told reporters via video conference.
�I know that they thrive off that energy that comes between two players. They�re probably as good at doing that as anyone in the world at the moment, so it�s something I might stay away from this time.�
The series between India and Australia is scheduled to begin with the first game at Gabba starting December 3. The second, third and fourth Tests are slated for Adelaide Oval (Dec 11-15), Melbourne Cricket Ground ( Dec 26-30) and Sydney Cricket Ground (Jan 3-7) respectively.
Wade, who has played 32 Tests, 94 ODIs and 29 T20Is for Australia, said India are a fierce opponent with a bunch of good fielders.
�I have been luckily enough to play India but I haven�t played them in Australia, played them twice in India which is hard work. They are a fierce team,� he said.
�They are on your face, they have alert fielders which probably India haven�t been renowned for in 20 year period, they are up and about all the time when you are batting.�
India�s pace attack has thrived under Kohli in the last few years and Wade also pointed out that fast bowlers will be India�s potent weapon in Australia.
�They have fast bowlers as well that has come through in the last 4-5 years, so it will be interesting playing India in Australia and probably their pace is their big weapon when they come here,� he said. � PTI