Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade believes that he needs to work hard on his batting than his glove work. The 29-year old Tasmanian had a tough time batting in the subcontinent as he failed to play well both in Bangladesh and India series so far.
Often criticised for his weak keeping skills, Wade had done a tremendous job behind the stumps, but it is his batting that is getting under increased scrutiny in the recent weeks. The three Sheffield games ahead of Gabba test will be crucial for Wade to make himself favourite to get into the Ashes.
“The selectors haven’t told me they’ve got any worries about my ‘keeping,” Wade said in Nagpur ahead of the fifth ODI against India on Sunday. “It’s got nothing to do with that, I just need to score some runs.
“My performances with the bat haven’t been good enough.
“That’s what the selectors have told me, that I need to score some runs so I’ll have to do that if I want to get picked.”
Often considered as a better batsman than the keeper, Wade has been exceptional behind the stumps for Australia this year. But he needs to improve his batting as he failed to live up to the expectations.
“I thought I kept quite well,” he said of his performances in Bangladesh.
“I know there was a lot of talk over the first Test with me letting through some byes. But you only have to look at their ‘keeper, who keeps in those conditions all the time, he was pretty similar.
“I thought I took some good chances, especially in the second Test, and I’ve been pretty good here. On the back of India (for the Test series in February-March), where I thought I kept really well.”
Wade reckons the three Sheffield games with Tasmania holds the key to his chances in Ashes. Other notable names that are pushing their names for wicketkeeper spot are NSW ‘keeper Peter Nevill and uncapped South Australian Alex Carey.
“(The Shield games will) be crucial for my chances but I’m not worried about it though,” he said. “I’ve got to score runs whenever I go out to bat.”
Australia, who are in the middle of India tour will be moving back to their home to prepare themselves for Ashes which will begin on November 23 in Brisbane.