Mathew Wade endured a torrid-run with the bat in the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21, scoring 173 runs at an average of 21.63. As a result, he was omitted from the Test squad for the tour of South Africa. Though it later got cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.
The Australian wicket-keeper batsman admitted that he knew he was going to be dropped from the South Africa series. He regretted that he couldn’t convert the starts into big scores against India in the four-match Test series.
“I have been around long enough, as I said to Trevor (National selector), to know that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level, then your spot is going to be up. And if your team is not winning, there is more chance of something like that happening. The only regret I have is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score. I batted really well at the top of the order,” Matthew Wade said.
With all-rounder Cameron Green rising through the ranks, Wade believes that it would be difficult for him to cement a place in the Test side. Green scored 236 runs in 4 games at an average of 33.71.
“The facts are, [Cameron] Green is going to play for a long period of time, he is an all-rounder, and everyone wanted him to get into the position he is in now. Travis Head is a good, young player as well, and then there was me in the middle order all kind of jostling for spots,” added Wade.
Wade has been included in the upcoming white-ball series against New Zealand. To get his place back into the Test side, Wade knows that he needs to turn up notable performances for Tasmania in first-class cricket.
“In terms of my path back into the Test team, that will take care of itself if I perform and, if an opportunity comes up, they [selectors] know I can play at that level. I will go back and contribute to, hopefully, wins for Tasmania … if I do that, and manage to score the runs on the way to those wins for Tassie, then maybe I get another opportunity,” Wade said.