Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade delighted with century against Sri Lanka
Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was delighted with his unbeaten century against Sri Lanka on day three in Sydney.
Last Updated: 06/01/13 11:19am
The tourists were left on the rack in the third Test, closing on 225-7 with a lead of just 87 runs, but the day belonged to Wade (102) who reached a second Test century as his team declared on 432-9.
Wade, who survived testicular cancer at the age of 16, was in celebratory mood after shining at the crease on the day known as 'pink day', in tribute to Jane McGrath, wife of bowling legend Glenn McGrath who died from breast cancer in 2008.
"It was a great day to be part of," Wade said. "To do it on a day like today, with the McGrath Foundation day, was something special. I'll remember it.
"It was a special day to be a part of. It was a very special day for me and one I'll never forget."
His cancer was only detected after he received a blow to the groin while playing football and the resultant swelling forced him to visit a doctor who discovered the greater problem.
"Had it not been for that hit in the testicles, I wouldn't have had any idea," Wade had previously said.
The 25-year-old rushed to his team-mates in the Sydney Cricket Ground Members Stand on Saturday and kissed his helmet after smashing Suranga Lakmal for a boundary to reach his century off 158 balls, after setting out on the third day on 47.
"Driving to the ground today I didn't think that would happen but it was an amazing feeling," he added. "I was really keen to make a good score in this last Test match. I was feeling I was building toward something.
"I feel I've been tweaking my form a little bit with the bat so I was pretty confident of getting a score I was happy with."
It was only Wade's ninth Test match and he was promoted to number six in the Australian batting order for this Test to accommodate the selection of four specialist fast bowlers in a lengthy tailend.
"Batting towards the end of the innings the situation dictates the way that you've got to play at times, so I've been lucky enough to bat up towards the top of the innings and bat down the bottom," he said.
"I feel like I've got enough experience in both positions and how to bat with the tail."