Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has expressed surprise at the aggression displayed by the Indian side during the second Test in Bengaluru. Wade has compared India to a “caged lion” but is hopeful that the Aussies will beat the hosts in the series on the basis of skill and not on emotions.
India beat the tourists by 75 runs in Bengaluru to level the four-match series 1-1. "They're always aggressive. The change from the first Test to the second Test was probably the initial shock. They came out a lot harder in the second Test than they did in the first," Wade was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"If you give them a sniff, they'll run with it quite hard. Our job is to make sure they can't get in the game, so they can't get aggressive with us, and then really take the momentum away from us."
Wade feels that India were pushed to a corner during the first Test in Pune, which Australia won by a massive margin of 333 runs, and they came up with a response in Bengaluru.
"When you've got a caged lion, you expect them to come out pretty hard to get away. That's what happened in the second Test, we expect it for the rest of the tour. It's not really our issue. We've got to play good cricket and beat them on skill. Emotion doesn't win Test matches," Wade said.
A lot of heated arguments between the two teams, both on and off the field, have grabbed the headlines in the first two Tests. Wade insists he is ready to 'dish out the talk' if needed.
"Getting older I probably tamed it down a little bit and I probably know when to use it a little bit more now, and when I need it myself. I probably don't use it a hundred percent of the time anymore, but I've still got it there if I need it," Wade said.
Keeping wickets to the likes of Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe on Indian pitches has proved to be a handful for Wade. "Bangalore was certainly a challenge especially with Nathan [Lyon] bowling quite fast over here on this tour and hitting the footmarks there. It was going up and down quite a lot so that was a lot more of a challenge."