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Wade happy to fill batting role

Matthew Wade is willing to ditch his wicketkeeping gloves and earn a spot in Australia's Ashes side as a specialist batsman.

The 25-year-old is one of a number of players hoping to force his way into Darren Lehmann’s Test side following England’s victories at Trent Bridge and Lord’s.

Wade will keep in the three-day game against Sussex, but is aware he and first-choice stumper Brad Haddin could yet feature in the same line-up for next week’s third Investec Test at Emirates Old Trafford as the tourists seek a solution for their batting woes.

Referring to the Sussex fixture, which begins tomorrow, Wade told Sky Sports News: "It's a huge opportunity for everyone who's not had a game.

"The Ashes tour has not started like we wanted, but to get an opportunity to play, which I've not had for a couple of months, is great for me.

"I am here as a back-up wicketkeeper but I want to get amongst the runs and push for a spot as a batsman. I'd take a spot where I can get one, wicketkeeper or batsman.

"If I get a tap on the shoulder to play a game, especially an Ashes game, I'll take it."

Australia named their team, featuring rookie off-spinner Ashton Turner, yesterday when it was also announced Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor will guest for Sussex.

The hosts will be led by Chris Nash as regular captain Ed Joyce is rested. They are missing all-rounder Luke Wright (knee) and wicketkeeper Ben Brown (broken finger) while seamers Amjad Khan (wrist) and Matthew Hobden (shin) are out for the season.

James Anyon and Lewis Hatchett face late fitness tests so fellow seamers Chris Liddle and Andy Miller are on standby. England Test gloveman Matt Prior is unavailable.

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