Wade in bat­ting po­si­tion dilemma

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OUT of favour Test hope­ful Matthew Wade has hit back at the Aus­tralian se­lec­tors’ rea­sons for not pick­ing him in the squad for the Sri Lanka se­ries.

Wade’s im­pres­sive num­ber of 571 runs at 63.44 in the Sh­effield Shield was again ig­nored for the up­com­ing two Test se­ries and the Tas­ma­nian bats­man has opened up on the rea­sons he was given for his omis­sion by chair­man of se­lec­tors Trevor Hohns.

“He (Hohns) voiced his opin­ion about me bat­ting in the top four, I raised that Shaun Marsh bats five for WA,” Wade said.

“The Bel­lerive pitch tough bat­ting wicket.

“I’ve been at stages like 4-50 a lot and I think it’s a spe­cial­ist po­si­tion five and six, you got to bat with the tail, you prob­a­bly need some­one to set the pace a lit­tle bit down there with the tail and kind of build the to­tal a dif­fer­ent way than just a spe­cial­ist bats­man.”

Wade pointed to the failed ex­per­i­ment of bat­ting spe­cial­ist bats­man Peter Hand­scomb at No.6 in the Syd­ney Test, as ev­i­dence that the po­si­tion does not re­quire a spe­cial­ist.

Hand­scomb is a top four bats­man, but was used in the un­fa­mil­iar role of No.6 and made 37 be­fore be­ing dropped from the squad al­to­gether.

“I think you prob­a­bly saw that with Peter Hand­scomb in the last Test,” Wade ex­plained.

“He bat­ted six but he is bat­ting way out of po­si­tion, he has never re­ally bat­ted too much with the tail in that po­si­tion. I

“I feel like I’m tick­ing all those boxes”


is a raised all those points. It’s dis­ap­point­ing for me, it seems the cri­te­ria when Justin took over was weight of runs, 100s, I feel like I’m tick­ing all those boxes and the rea­sons I’m not get­ting picked is I’m not bat­ting in the top four. It doesn’t re­ally make a lot of sense.”

Wade be­lieves he shouldn’t be dis­ad­van­taged at the Aus­tralian se­lec­tion ta­ble sim­ply be­cause he is do­ing what is best for his team at State level.

Tas­ma­nia has a strong bat­ting line-up at Shield level and use Wade as a safety net to bat with the mid­dle and lower or­der if early wick­ets fall.

“That’s the rea­son that I’m get­ting, that puts me in a po­si­tion that’s quite tough be­cause I don’t want to be shuf­fling play­ers around in the Tassie or­der just for me to be picked for Aus­tralia,” Wade said.

“I feel like if I give up the gloves com­pletely, go bat at four, it doesn’t pan out as well, I feel like the next thing I’ll be hear­ing is I can’t be picked as the back up keeper be­cause I’m not keep­ing.

“It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion to be in, I’m not re­ally sure what we’re go­ing to do.”

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