Matthew Wade: What about me?

Matthew Wade
18 Jan, 2019 by Liam Sheedy

One player who missed out on squad selection was leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield – Matthew Wade.

The Tasmanian currently averaging 63.44 with the bat was obviously disappointed in the reasons for his non-selection.

Matthew Wade

The 31-year old discussed the snub on SEN earlier this week revealing details on his conversation with selector Trevor Hohns.

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“It’s disappointing for me, It seems the criteria when Justin took over was weight of runs 100s. I feel like I’m ticking all those boxes. And the reasons I’m not getting picked is I’m not batting in the top four. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense.”

The Critics

Despite having a great Shield season to date, not everyone shares the same opinion as Matthew Wade that he deserves a recall.

Cricket great Ian Chappell as forthright as ever, before the squad was announced, on the state of Australian cricket and Wade in particular getting another chance at International level.

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“Not as a batsman and I certainly wouldn’t pick him as a wicketkeeper. If you look at the last few tests that he played, he was really struggling with the bat” An overall average of 28.58 from 22 tests.

“I really think you would be going backwards, but then again if you asked me who I’d pick to play against Sri Lanka, I’d be tempted to stick 20 names in a hat and pull them out. It’s sort of that desperate.”

A new direction

The first test against Sri Lanka begins January 24th with an Aussie tam that has seen plenty of change in recent months.

Players such as Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head getting a chance at the top level.

The latest squad also sees the inclusion of Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw and youngster Will Pucovski who will all be vying for spot in a misfiring batting line-up.

So what about Matthew Wade? With Tim Paine behind the stumps and current Captain the only way Wade would be selected would be as a specialist batsman.

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All the 31 year-old can do is keep performing and hope an opportunity arises. But venting against the coach and selection panel might not be the wisest career move.

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