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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Selectors' message to Wade after Test snub


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The Sheffield Shield's leading run-scorer Matthew Wade has been told to bat higher up the order if he wants a Test recall.

Despite having plundered 571 runs at an average of 63.44 in six matches for Tasmania, Wade was left out of Australia's squad to face Sri Lanka in a two-match series.

Speaking to reporters following the announcement of the Test squad, Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns explained why the former Test wicket-keeper was left out.

“It’s fantastic that he’s scoring a lot of runs,” Hohns said.

Matthew Wade

“It wasn’t long ago that he was in our Test squad, he struggled and we obviously dropped him.

“He was wicket-keeping at that stage, he’s playing as a wicket-keeper batsman for Tasmania and it just so happens we have a wicket-keeper batsman in our Test match side right now and that is Tim Paine, who is the captain.

“As I suggested, it’s great to see Matthew scoring some runs. But if Matthew wants to be considered as a straight out batsman, it would be nice to see him batting up a little higher for Tasmania and that conversation has been had.”

Wade last appeared in the Australian Test side during the 2017 tour of Bangladesh and boasts a batting average of 28.58 in 22 Tests, with two Test centuries to his name.

The Sheffield Shield's leading run-scorer Matthew Wade has been told to bat higher up the order if he wants a Test recall.

Despite having plundered 571 runs at an average of 63.44 in six matches for Tasmania, Wade was left out of Australia's squad to face Sri Lanka in a two-match series.

Speaking to reporters following the announcement of the Test squad, Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns explained why the former Test wicket-keeper was left out.

“It’s fantastic that he’s scoring a lot of runs,” Hohns said.

Matthew Wade

“It wasn’t long ago that he was in our Test squad, he struggled and we obviously dropped him.

“He was wicket-keeping at that stage, he’s playing as a wicket-keeper batsman for Tasmania and it just so happens we have a wicket-keeper batsman in our Test match side right now and that is Tim Paine, who is the captain.

“As I suggested, it’s great to see Matthew scoring some runs. But if Matthew wants to be considered as a straight out batsman, it would be nice to see him batting up a little higher for Tasmania and that conversation has been had.”

Wade last appeared in the Australian Test side during the 2017 tour of Bangladesh and boasts a batting average of 28.58 in 22 Tests, with two Test centuries to his name.

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