India vs Australia Test Series : Former Test captain Michael Clarke has suggested Australia consider elevating Matthew Wade to open the batting against India in a move that would allow Cameron Green to make his debut.
Australia’s opening pairing for the first Vodafone Test in Adelaide is still unclear with David Warner ruled out due to a groin strain.
Youngster Will Pucovski is also a doubt after his latest head knock during the Australia A tour match in Sydney.
With incumbent Joe Burns struggling for form, just who will open the batting is the biggest question mark over the Australian line-up.
“If you’re going to pick Cameron Green then you’ve got to find another spot for Wadey,” Clarke told AAP.
“He’s got to be in that starting XI but that could be anywhere in that team.
“That could be opening the batting if need be. I think Wadey can do that.”
Wade has never batted higher than No.5 in Test cricket but has opened 10 times in one-day cricket for Australia, averaging 30.60 with a highest score of 75.
Green, described by Greg Chappell as Australia’s best talent since Ricky Ponting, and Pucovski are being viewed as the future of the Test team given their form early in the summer.