Cape Town - Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade feels the
reasons given for not selecting him in the Australia Test team for the
upcoming home series against Sri Lanka "doesn't really make a lot of
Wade was not included in Australia's 13-man squad for the two-match
series that starts on January 24 in Brisbane despite being the top
run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield this season.
The left-handed Wade has scored 571 runs at 63.44 with one century
and five fifties in Australia's domestic first-class competition but was
still ignored even though the Aussie batsmen struggled in the recent
home series against India.
Australia did not scored one century in the four-match series against
their Asian rivals as India won their first ever Test series on
Wade told SEN Radio: "It's disappointing for me. It seems the criteria when (coach) Justin (Langer) took over was weight of runs, hundreds.
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
With captain Tim Paine taking the wicketkeeper gloves the only route
back in the Test team for Wade, who has made 22 appearances in the
longest format, would be as a specialist batsman.
Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has suggested that
Wade bat higher than number six for his state side Tasmania if he wants
to be considered for the Test side.
"It's great to see Matthew scoring some runs," said Hohns.
"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."