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.
Asked if the gamble to go with Wade at the top backfired, Border told foxsports.com.au “Yeah, exactly that.”
“It was a gamble because you’re shuffling one guy (Wade) from his…