Depending on the player, an ODI series can either be little more than a speed-bump on a long cricketing road or a pivotal juncture in the journey. So many are played that the importance of the series often depends rather more on the career arcs of the players involved than the results of the matches themselves. In Australia over the next month and a half, some will be scrapping to win more permanent places, others fighting to build their team again. ESPNcricinfo looks at six of the more fascinating individual subplots of the triangular series.
Every innings Wade contributes to, either with the bat or behind the stumps, takes him closer to usurping Brad Haddin as Australia's No. 1 gloveman. Over the years, the national selectors have often taken a long time to be convinced of the credentials of the next in line, Adam Gilchrist waiting more than four years between his ODI debut and a baggy green cap, while Haddin endured a similarly long spell in in waiting. Wade's position is further complicated by Tim Paine's uncertain recovery from a badly fractured finger, an injury that has clouded over the Tasmanian wicketkeeper's previously firm grip on the Haddin succession. Guaranteed a start for the first three matches of the series, Wade can make life very difficult for Haddin, Paine and the selectors by making runs and pouching chances.