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Wade set to talk the talk

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Summer of cricket begins

Our cricket experts preview the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba.

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Matthew Wade has vowed to carry on the Australian cricket tradition of combative and lippy wicketkeepers doing all they can to win.

Following in the footsteps of glovemen like Wally Grout, Rod Marsh and Ian Healy, Wade says he will take the fight up to opponents with his play and with his talk.

Despite being just 24, the feisty Victorian took little time to rip into opposing batsmen in his debut Test and one-day series this year.

Matthew Wade is pareparing to make his home Test debut.

Matthew Wade is pareparing to make his home Test debut. Photo: Getty Images

For that there's no apologies, and he says he'll continue on in the same vein against the world No.1-ranked South Africans when the three-Test series starts on Friday at the Gabba.

"I'll do whatever it takes to win so that's how I want to be remembered when I finish," said Wade, who scored a crucial 106 in the third Test against the West Indies to save Australia and retain his place ahead of Brad Haddin.

"To me it's not about your average and what you have done stats-wise. To me it's about winning games for Australia.

"Stats don't tell you when you've made your runs and in what situation.

"I love the contest. That's what cricket is all about. A bloke is bowling 150km/h at you and trying to get you out and you're trying to counter that."

Wade will wear a protective guard on thumb in his first Test on home soil after copping a knock in last week's Sheffield Shield game at the MCG.

He is relishing the chance to keep on the fast and bouncy Gabba pitch where keepers and the slips cordon are usually among the action.

While Wade is pumped about a Brisbane Test, he's just as excited about what Victorian teammate James Pattinson can produce at the Gabba.

Young speedster Pattinson is in top shape after ripping through Queensland's batting for 6-32 in a fearsome Shield spell at the Gabba last month, which was followed up by 4-42 against Western Australia at the MCG last week.

"He bowled quick at the 'G and he bowled quick here," Wade said.

"Once he gets it right he can bowl high 140s.

"I hope he has a very big impact but he's got that ability to go through any team."

AAP

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