Despite topping the Shield charts amongst batsmen so far this season, Matthew Wade again left out by the selectors.
That means Wade will continue playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League for now.
He will also resume playing for Tasmania from mid-next month to March in Sheffield Shield once the BBL wraps up.
Yes, How did Matthew Wade respond to his axing in late 2017?
First of all, it’s harsh not to see one of the best Shield batsmen on the show get an opportunity with the Australian Test Team.
Yes, Wade has made tough changes since his childhood friend Tim Paine replaced him before the 2017-18 Ashes summer at home.
And sure Wade has done enough through scoring a ton of runs mainly with the bat which is 80% of what he succeeds on the field.
Don’t forget that he’s the current captain for both Tasmania & Hobart Hurricanes.
The 20% usually sees Wade keeping wicket unless Paine comes back from his usual Test duties.
When Paine keeps wicket for Tasmania & Hurricanes, Wade only gets to bat and field.
So having to leave the gloves behind and focus on improving the batting should have met the criteria that the selectors wanted to see.
It would’ve been a “Nice Wadey” if he did return to the Australian Test Team for the third time.
No, The selectors & Justin Langer still isn’t convinced about the new Matthew Wade
There’s a couple of pitfalls that prevented Wade from going to Brisbane & Canberra with the Baggy Green cap.
The current Australian Head Coach, Justin Langer made harsh feedback about Wade a few years back.
Although, his batting does give his tick of approval.
But the way Wade’s keeping and the performances he kept up in training needs to improve.
As the wicket-keeper, making a few catches/stumpings plus scoring runs is a requirement to keep your spot for a long time.
And Justin Langer isn’t impressed with Wade’s duties of splitting both glovework & batting.
So safe to say that Wade has listened to Langer’s advice and stuck to scoring runs.
Langer will, of course, welcome Wade back as the specialist batsmen while Tim Paine continues to keep wicket.
Like Langer, the selectors have given Wade their harsh feedback as to why he’s not part of Australia’s two-match Test side v Sri Lanka.
They saw Wade flop at No.7 as both wicket-keeper batsmen who does sound fair.
Tim Paine will retain his spot for a long time before they found a young & suitable keeper that is ready to play Test Cricket.
Also, there’s competition for spots in the middle-order at No.5 & 6 where Wade thrived in this position at Domestic level.
Again, it’s safe to say that a fast-bowling all-rounder or another youngster will nail these two positions.
Why would the selectors get Wade back in the middle-order and still fail as was a few years ago?
It’s tried and tested so, therefore; Wade should continue scoring runs in the top-order.
Wade can spend a little more time at the crease and back not just score consistent 100s.
But also a few 200 to 300 runs in one single inning will help him win his Baggy Green spot.
Once Wade regains his place in International Cricket, Australians will at last hopefully see the best of Wade for the rest of his career.
So if Wade can too translate his run machine success from first-class to Test level at the top-order, then everyone will be happy.
Look, some people feel sorry for Wade who didn’t get his place back in the Baggy Green.
But the competition for places in the middle-order & gambling on some of the best young talent like Will Pucovski held him back.
For now, Wade has to keep doing what he does best which is to score runs as well as bat at the top order.
Unless some of the picked players’ flops, then the selectors will know that they can recall Wade & ask him to perform well for Australia consistently at No.3/4, so he does not end up in & out of the side again.