It's pretty frustrating, says Matthew Wade after being ignored for Sri Lanka Tests
Despite averaging over 60 in the domestic, Wade has been ignored for the Sri Lanka series.
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Australia will be facing Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series after the ODIs against India. The team has already picked for the series and a lot of changes were made to the squad which lost to India for the first time in 71 years. Despite the major overhaul in the batting line-up, Matthew Wade didn’t get a look in. He has been plundering runs in the Sheffield Shield season and also in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
However, it hasn’t been enough for the cricketer to make a comeback in the baggy green. Wade has expressed his frustration after not being considered despite scoring runs in abundance. Moreover, the reason given by the chief selector Trevor Hohns for not selecting him is that Wade doesn’t bat in the top six for Tasmania to be considered as the specialist batsman at the moment.
He has amassed 571 runs in 12 outings for Tasmania so far at an impeccable average of 63.44 and is also in decent touch for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL. But not getting picked for such a weird reason has left him dejected.
I’ve put runs on the board
Matthew Wade, while speaking to the Fox Sports News, expressed his disappointment clearly while also revealing that the coach Justin Langer sent him an email congratulating him on his performances and also informed him that he won’t be picked. “Justin Langer shot me an email before the start of the last test just saying well done on my performances (but) at the moment I’m not probably going to get a look in anytime soon. It’s pretty frustrating,” he said.
Meanwhile, Australia have the likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns with the averages, 28.22, 45.12, 19.80 and 47.20 respectively, which are inferior to Wade in the squad.
“I feel like my form is as good as anyone in the country. When Justin first took over he said that 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. 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. 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 further added.