Australia's successful adaption to Sri Lanka's pitches has been highlighted by Matthew Wade as one of the most pleasing aspects of their ODI series win.
Australia's successful adaption to Sri Lanka's pitches has been highlighted by Matthew Wade as one of the most pleasing aspects of their one-day international series win.
Wade's side lead 3-1 going into the last match in Pallekele on Sunday, when Sri Lanka will be without captain Angelo Mathews due to a calf injury.
Wicketkeeper Wade has contributed with scores of 76 and 42 as Australia bounced back from a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series, and the 28-year-old noted the impact of the arrival of one-day specialists into the squad.
"I suppose we've got the advantage that the one-day players have been able to see what the pitches played like in the Tests," he said.
"We've come here with a clear game plan and I feel myself, George Bailey and a few of the others who have just come over for the one-dayers have had a clear plan and it's worked so far.
"To get a series win is always good and we want to finish off on a high on Sunday."
The first four ODIs have been characterised by low scores, with Sri Lanka's 288 in their sole victory the largest total posted in the series, and Wade accepted the pitches have been tough.
"It's been challenging, the wickets have been some of the toughest that you'll get in one-day international cricket," Wade said. "You don't usually play on used wickets for back-to-back one-day internationals.
"They haven't been suited to the way we play, but we've adapted really well with the ball as well. We've had a bit of variable bounce and reverse swing that has countered their spin."
Wade is not part of the Australia squad for the two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka on September 6 and 9 and he accepted it is "disappointing" to have been left out.
"It was disappointing not to be picked for the Twenty20 internationals but that's the way it goes," he added. "I can only go out there and perform the way I'm performing and the selectors take care of the other stuff.
"Every time you don't get picked for Australia is disappointing, but I'll keep putting my performances forward and hopefully get back in the team.
"I feel like my game is now really at a level where I can contribute in one-day international cricket. There was a time three or four years ago when I didn't feel as though I was contributing enough, but at the moment I feel my game is in good order.
"I want to get picked on every tour I can and in every game I can because I feel like I can do the job."