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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wade fires back over Test snub


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A "frustrated" Matthew Wade has responded to a critique from selection chief Trevor Hohns and revealed Australian coach Justin Langer told him he won't be getting a Test recall any time soon.

Wade, 31 and the former Test wicketkeeper, tops the Sheffield Shield run charts so far this season with 571 at 63.44 in six matches for Tasmania. The left-hander also has a solid decade-long record in first-class cricket, averaging 39.57, but that wasn't enough to make the squad to face Sri Lanka.

Hohns said he wanted to see Wade batting higher than No.6 in Shield cricket, while Langer has apparently put his hopes of a recall on ice.

“Justin Langer shot me an email just before the start of the last Test (against India in Sydney) just saying well done on my performances and at the moment I’m probably not going to get a look-in any time soon,” Wade told Fox Sports News on Wednesday.

“I feel like my form is as good as anyone in the country. When Justin took over he said weight of runs would be the leverage to get selected and I feel like I’ve put the runs on the board over a long period of time now.

“I’d like the opportunity if it comes, I understand it’s probably not going to come as a keeper, my Test career is probably done as a wicketkeeper, but I feel like my weight of runs as a batsman should be looked at.”

Wade has made clear that he wants to be considered as a specialist batsman from now on, with Tim Paine captaining the Test team and Australian limited-over keeper Alex Carey next in line. He said that he was prepared to ditch the gloves in domestic cricket to further his case.

“I’m hoping they’re not just looking at me as a specialist keeper, I hope they are looking at me as a batsman as well,” Wade said.

“If I have to prove that in Shield cricket, I will. I’ll come up the order and take off the gloves. Hopefully the communication keeps coming.”

Wade was snubbed for Victoria's 20-year-old rising star Will Pucovski and Queenslander Joe Burns for a middle-order Test call-up. Both have inferior records to Wade this season, as do earlier selections Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne.

Wade also pointed out that playing in Hobart, he's often coming in to bat earlier than usual for a No.6.

“It’s pretty frustrating," Wade said.

“It was a blessing in disguise that I got to play just as a batter with Tim [Paine] in the [Tasmania] team, so it probably showed the selectors that I can play as a specialist batsman.

“I’m not batting in the top four or five at the moment for Tasmania, but at the moment in the Test team I feel like number five or six, that role would suit me perfectly, so hopefully they come knocking soon.

“I’m arguably batting on the worst wicket in the country. Granted it is at six, but I feel like I’m in pretty early in most innings. They might want me to come up the order, maybe that’s something that I can look at.

“I understand, as a keeper it’s probably not going to come there … my Test career is probably done as a wicketkeeper but I feel like my weight of runs as a batsman should be looked at.”

Filled by the likes of Mitchell Marsh, the No.6 Test position has grossly underperformed for Australia in recent times, making Wade's continued omission somewhat more curious. He has played 22 Tests for Australia, mostly batting No.7, with 886 runs at 28.58 and two centuries (best 106). He also has 74 dismissals.

A "frustrated" Matthew Wade has responded to a critique from selection chief Trevor Hohns and revealed Australian coach Justin Langer told him he won't be getting a Test recall any time soon.

Wade, 31 and the former Test wicketkeeper, tops the Sheffield Shield run charts so far this season with 571 at 63.44 in six matches for Tasmania. The left-hander also has a solid decade-long record in first-class cricket, averaging 39.57, but that wasn't enough to make the squad to face Sri Lanka.

Hohns said he wanted to see Wade batting higher than No.6 in Shield cricket, while Langer has apparently put his hopes of a recall on ice.

“Justin Langer shot me an email just before the start of the last Test (against India in Sydney) just saying well done on my performances and at the moment I’m probably not going to get a look-in any time soon,” Wade told Fox Sports News on Wednesday.

“I feel like my form is as good as anyone in the country. When Justin took over he said weight of runs would be the leverage to get selected and I feel like I’ve put the runs on the board over a long period of time now.

“I’d like the opportunity if it comes, I understand it’s probably not going to come as a keeper, my Test career is probably done as a wicketkeeper, but I feel like my weight of runs as a batsman should be looked at.”

Wade has made clear that he wants to be considered as a specialist batsman from now on, with Tim Paine captaining the Test team and Australian limited-over keeper Alex Carey next in line. He said that he was prepared to ditch the gloves in domestic cricket to further his case.

“I’m hoping they’re not just looking at me as a specialist keeper, I hope they are looking at me as a batsman as well,” Wade said.

“If I have to prove that in Shield cricket, I will. I’ll come up the order and take off the gloves. Hopefully the communication keeps coming.”

Wade was snubbed for Victoria's 20-year-old rising star Will Pucovski and Queenslander Joe Burns for a middle-order Test call-up. Both have inferior records to Wade this season, as do earlier selections Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne.

Wade also pointed out that playing in Hobart, he's often coming in to bat earlier than usual for a No.6.

“It’s pretty frustrating," Wade said.

“It was a blessing in disguise that I got to play just as a batter with Tim [Paine] in the [Tasmania] team, so it probably showed the selectors that I can play as a specialist batsman.

“I’m not batting in the top four or five at the moment for Tasmania, but at the moment in the Test team I feel like number five or six, that role would suit me perfectly, so hopefully they come knocking soon.

“I’m arguably batting on the worst wicket in the country. Granted it is at six, but I feel like I’m in pretty early in most innings. They might want me to come up the order, maybe that’s something that I can look at.

“I understand, as a keeper it’s probably not going to come there … my Test career is probably done as a wicketkeeper but I feel like my weight of runs as a batsman should be looked at.”

Filled by the likes of Mitchell Marsh, the No.6 Test position has grossly underperformed for Australia in recent times, making Wade's continued omission somewhat more curious. He has played 22 Tests for Australia, mostly batting No.7, with 886 runs at 28.58 and two centuries (best 106). He also has 74 dismissals.

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