Of late, Australia cricket, in a nutshell, has succumbed to an all-time low with their key players being out of the team. Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade would like to fancy his chances for Australia in the limited-overs setup ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.
After the emergence of wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine in the Australian team, Wade is sure of not getting any chances in the red-ball format any sooner. However, Wade is confident of finding a place in the One-day International set up.
I don’t think I will play Test cricket again – Mathew Wade
The stylish southpaw reiterated that he doesn’t consider coming back to the Test cricket again. But he would like to play the upcoming grand event in the cricket, World Cup 2019. Wade added that the place in ODI is pretty wide open.
The flamboyant batsman furtherly added that he has the ambition to represent Australia again shortly. Apart from his wicketkeeping, Wade would love to cement his place in the team as a proper batsman as well.
“I don’t think I’ll probably play Test cricket again, not as a wicketkeeper-batter anyway,” Wade told cricket.com.au.
“Still, I have the ambition to play white-ball cricket for Australia. I feel like if I’m given the opportunity again if things fall into place close to the World Cup I can still play in that for sure,” Wade said.
I would like to play as a batsman if Paine returns – Mathew Wade
Speaking more about his mindset, Wade wants to settle in the team as a batsman. He added that Tim Paine had been the regular wicketkeeper choice of late, but Wade wants to play as a batsman in the team.
Meanwhile, he shifted his position to the top-order in the shield cricket.
“I want to be as good a batter as I can be,” he said.
“I’d like to be able to not keep and play as a batter in the last few years of my career. That’s where I’d like to get. Whether or not it happens I’ll continue to play my role for the team and at the moment that’s still wicketkeeper and bat. But I’m working towards becoming the best player I can be,” he asserted.
“I’ll play as a keeper-batter in the white-ball (formats) probably until the end of my career. Painey’ will be away quite a bit and when he comes back I’ll be playing as a batter. It’s something that’s been on the cards for years, to be honest, I just feel more comfortable talking about it now,” he inferred.
However, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Matthew Wade in the coming few months. As of now, he has set his sights on the limited-overs fold for Australia.
Meanwhile, he already registered three centuries in the last five games of the domestic cricket which also include a century in the final.