Wade targets big win
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has targeted a one-day international win against Scotland as a key step in Australia's Ashes recovery.
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The tourists have endured a miserable summer so far after failing to regain the famous urn as England completed a 3-0 Test series win.
They could then only split the two-match T20 series 1-1 despite Aaron Finch's historic 156 helping them win the first game, but they will have a final chance to get one over on their oldest rivals before returning home with the first of five ODIs which start on Friday at Headingley.
First, though, Australia take on Scotland in a warm-up 50-over match at the Grange on Tuesday and Wade believes a win could eventually set the side up for victory Down Under when the second leg of this year's Ashes double-header starts in November.
He said: "This is a great opportunity to go out and get a win. We haven't had too many of them recently.
"As a team, that is our big focus. We want to win and win well."
Australia's A team toured Great Britain and Ireland earlier in the summer and enjoyed a 360-run win over Scotland at the same Edinburgh venue.
"Most of us have been here a while so we are pretty comfortable with the conditions," said Wade.
"We understand what the wicket is going to play like. A couple of the lads were even here for the Australia A game in June so we understand how the ground is going to play.
"This is an opportunity to play well, execute our skills and get a win before heading south later this week.
"It's always frustrating when you are not winning games. The one-day series with England is a great opportunity to get some wins on the board leading into our Australian summer. It would be nice to go home with a series win.
"We want to take some momentum home with us ahead of the Ashes."
Despite that huge win for the Australian second string in June, Wade insists there is little chance of the tourists under-estimating the hosts.
He said: "We will do a little bit of homework on Scotland. We have got George Bailey in our camp and he has seen a lot of these guys while playing for Hampshire, so he will giving us some insight into them.
"We certainly won't be coming in blind - that's when trouble can occur."