Former Australia captain Allan Border feels the gamble to make Matthew Wade open the innings backfired on the host as it was bundled out for 191 in its first-innings of the first Day/Night Test against India here on Friday.

With star opener David Warner ruled out due to a groin injury and young Will Pucovski, who was primed to open in the first Test, suffering a concussion, the home side elevated Wade to the role of an opener.

Wade started the innings alongside the woefully out-of-form Joe Burns. The two struggled in the middle and could only manage eight runs each before Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah accounted for both.

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Asked if the gamble to go with Wade at the top backfired, Border told “Yeah, exactly that.”

“It was a gamble because you’re shuffling one guy (Wade) from his…

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