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Wade wants to contribute more

UPDATED 19 March, 2013 4:21PM AEST | by Omnisport 25

Australia's wicketkeeper Matthew Wade says he has not scored enough runs on the tour of India, despite his half-century in the second Test.

The 25-year-old's 62 in the first innings of the second Test in Hyderabad is the fifth-highest score of Australia's tour of India so far.

But batting at six, and having averaged just 23 over his four innings in India, Wade does not deny he needs to contribute more runs if Australia are to turn the series around after demoralising defeats in Chennai and Hyderabad.

"Batting six means I need to score more runs," Wade said.

"There's no secret in that, so hopefully in the next couple of games I can contribute a little bit more and, fingers crossed, my game plan can work."

Wade confirmed on Thursday his cheek is 100 percent after he was hit in the head in training the day before the second Test.

The Victorian wicketkeeper remained behind the stumps throughout the match in Hyderabad, using painkillers to get through the four days, but believes there are no problems now.

"Yeah, all good," Wade said.

"Copped a knock on it in training and it's been good since.

"So next time I'll wear a helmet I think."

Looking ahead to the third Test in Mohali, which starts on March 14, Wade believes Australia need to be more consistent in the field and not give India easy runs if the tourists are to turn the series around.

"When we bowled, we probably let them off a little bit with a boundary here and there," Wade said.

"So as a team, I think we've got to try and apply a little bit more pressure to their batters, make them come at us a little bit more."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 08 March, 2013 8:23AM AEST

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