Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has told that he had expected to be dropped from the Australian test side after the home series loss against India. The South African tour scheduled to take place after the India series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 concerns in the nation. Matthew Wade who had a poor outing in the series against India was dropped for the South Africa series tour which did not get underway eventually.
The 33-year old broke into the test side as a specialist batsman after a prolific domestic season and settled into the squad after the Ashes series. He was preferred ahead of Travis Head in the recently concluded test series against India and scored 173 runs at an average of 21.63 in the 4 test matches he played. He failed to score a fifty in his last 14 test innings.
Matthew Wade Regrets Not Converting His Starts
Matthew Wade opined that he was not surprised to be left out of the squad due to his performance and age being a factor too. He mentioned about the team not winning not helping his cause too and regretted not being able o convert his starts into bigger ones after being pushed up to open the batting.
“I have been around long enough, as I said to Trevor (National selector), to know that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level, then your spot is going to be up. And if your team is not winning, there is more chance of something like that happening. The only regret I have is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score. I batted really well at the top of the order,” Matthew Wade said.
Matthew Wade Admits Diffulties In Middle Order Competition
Matthew Wade lauded the youngster Cameron Green for being in the position he is right now in the long format. He added that Travis head’s good technique and batsmanship will also make it tough for Wade to break into the test setup again. He is raring to perform for Tasmania in the domestic season and take up an opportunity if it comes his way again in Test cricket.
“The facts are, [Cameron] Green is going to play for a long period of time, he is an all-rounder, and everyone wanted him to get into the position he is in now. Travis Head is a good, young player as well, and then there was myself in the middle order all kind of jostling for spots,” said Wade.
“In terms of my path back into the Test team, that will take care of itself if I perform and, if an opportunity comes up, they [selectors] know I can play at that level. I will go back and contribute to, hopefully, wins for Tasmania … if I do that, and manage to score the runs on the way to those wins for Tassie, then maybe I get another opportunity,” Wade added
Australia’s next assignment will be up against their arch-rivals England in the Ashes series in November.