Aussie wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade is optimistic of the fact that he can score some runs which is essential for him to hold on to his place in the Australian team for the Malegan Ashes scheduled to be played in November. He stated the fact that “I’m still the man for the job”.
Wade was recalled back to the Australian Test squad when Peter Nevill was dropped from the squad during Australia’s thrashing at the hands of South Africa at Hobart. The southpaw has scored a mere 236 runs in 10 Tests since then at a below-par average of 20.23. Wade conceded the fact that his slow start with the bat can be attributed to focus on white ball cricket before his return to the national squad.
“When I got back into the Test team in the summer I’d put a lot of work into my one-day cricket and it took a little bit of time to get going again (against the red ball),” Wade was quoted as saying by ACB Grandstand.
“I played a lot of one-day cricket before my recall to the Test team and I changed a few things technically to be more effective in one-day cricket so it took me a little bit of time to work through those,” he further added.
Wade hasn’t been in the best of forms especially with the bat in hand and couldn’t score big in the two-match series against Bangladesh. Wade stated the fact that despite poor form with the bat he can bat.
“I can bat, don’t worry about that”.
“I don’t feel out of form as such. Yeah, I haven’t scored the big runs that I know I can do but I still feel like I contributed, especially in India, and the stuff I do around the team is important,” Wade said.
“I don’t feel like it’s a crisis, I still feel like I’m hitting the ball well, you’ve just got to make runs, that’s the aim of the game, and I’m confident in my batting.
“My keeping was always the question mark and people have asked about that for a long period of time, now it seems to have moved to my batting. So it’s to-and-fro a little bit and I need to get both sides of my game working at the same time.”
Wade also conceded the fact batting counts for much more, and he is well aware of the fact.
“First and foremost I need to be performing and scoring runs and keeping well at the same time and I’m confident that I can do that. But I suppose, yeah, I bring something different to the group,” Wade said.
“I think it’s effective, I feel like when the chips are down I can find a way to build us back up towards where we need to go.
“I’ve learnt over the years to get a little bit smarter with it. I was loud and aggressive five or six years ago, but I think the older I’ve got I’ve got a little more clever about the way I go about it.
“It’s not aggressive and bad language straight in people’s faces, just clever little chips at people to try and get them to do something they don’t want to do, ultimately get them thinking about something completely different to what they need to be thinking about.
“It’s trying to get a one percent edge on the opposition and if you can get that we’re half a chance to get a wicket.”