Ashes 2017/18: Matthew Wade Steer Clear of his Selection Speculation
Australia first-choice wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade revealed he is not paying any heed whatsoever about his speculation of being picked for the upcoming Magellan Ashes series 2017-18 against England, while adding he is aiming to be among runs, in the impending JLT Sheffield Shield competition.
“To come home and play some long-format cricket is going to be good,” Wade was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
The 29-year-old Wade will represent Tasmania, in the six-team tournament of the first-class competition which will be beginning from October 26 in Brisbane, as Wade is happy to participate to impress the selection committee.
“I haven’t been paying a lot of attention,” It’s nice to be home,” Wade maintained.
As the public discussion has further grabbed the headlines in Australian cricketing circle, Wade is away from social media – to set primary focus on his game, before hosts long home season will kick-off from November 23 at the Gabba, Brisbane.
“I don’t tend to read the paper all that much these days and I’ve deleted Facebook,” Wade added.
However, Wade, who is averaging at 28.58 while donning the white jersey reiterated he is only using photo-blogging website Instagram to stay connected with his friends.
“Instagram’s about the only thing I’m still running at the moment, so I don’t listen too much,” Wade asserted.
The incumbent gloveman Wade was lambasted for his failures particularly with the bat during the recently-concluded limited-overs series against India which further saw the Men in Blue routed Steven Smith-led side 4-1, in the five-match One-day International series.
“Obviously we’ve just had a long stint (in India),” Wade remarked.
The left-handed batsman Wade, who made his debut in February 2012 further went on to prove his critics wrong from time-to-time but eventually crumbled under pressure to shoulder the responsibility down the order.
“I don’t know if they (critics) underrate me, but it is what it is. People are open to their own opinions, but that doesn’t really worry me too much,” Wade further added.
With former cricketers giving out their verdicts respectively, Wade would subsequently feel massive pressure to perform.
Moreover, the first three rounds of the four-day competition will decide the fate of a southpaw, as Cricket Australia (CA) selectors are eventually keen to pick best in form, for the vacant Test No. six position in the form of batting all-rounder.
“I’ve just got to focus on playing good cricket and trying to win games for Tassie, and I feel like if I do that then the performances will come forward,” Wade said.
With New South Wales Blues’ gloveman, Peter Nevill is also in line for the wicket-keeping race; Wade has been working hard to improve his batting which already posed as a threat as an unimpressive show with the willow.
After both wicket-keepers had enjoyed their respective stint in the JLT One-day Cup, Nevill has registered three-hundred — to score at the average of 56.82, in a bid to knock the doors of selectors, who opted for the adamant approach during the selection procedure.
“I play the game to win, and I don’t play for individual accolades,” Wade concluded.
Wade, who made his Test debut some five years back, featured in 22 Tests in which he scored 886 runs which further include two-hundred and four half-centuries. In the limited-over cricket, Wade featured in 94 ODIs and 26 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia.
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