BBL: Matty Wade has continued his great form, with a solid knock vs the Strikers at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
Matt Wade is not impressed.Source:Getty Images
When it comes to Aussie players with runs on the board, there is no one who can compete with Matthew Wade.
The Tasmanian led the Sheffield Shield charts and was the second player behind Hobart Hurricanes teammate D’Arcy Short to pass 500 runs for the season, and in a season in BBL history.
The Australian team to play in a one-day tour of India later this month with Short, who had passed 500 runs for the second time, named in the side as cover for Shaun Marsh.
Marsh is staying home for the first of his second child until he is available for the third ODI on March 8.
But Wade, with 545 runs with six fifties in BBL08 at an average of 45.41 and a strike rate of 147.29, missed out on selection.
Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short have been almost unstoppable in BBL08.Source:Getty Images
The next batsman to surpass his strike rate is teammate George Bailey with a strike rate of 154.23 with more than 272 runs behind Wade’s tally.
It goes with his Sheffield Shield tally of 571 runs from six Shield matches at an average of 63.44 batting at number six for Tasmania, registering one century and five fifties.
Former Australian quick bowler Ryan Harris said it’s unfathomable that Wade hasn’t been able to force his way into the white ball teams, especially after his BBL form.
“It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it,” he told Macquarie Sports Breakfast.
“As a cricket lover and ex player, the way you get into the Australia team is to score runs – he’s done that and he’s not playing.
“He has to keep making runs, there isn’t much more he can do.”
Wade has made at least 50 in four of his last five Big Bash innings and Harris praised the former Aussie star for how he’s responded to the snubs.
“He’s gone back to Tasmania (after being dropped from the national team) and relaxed a bit and enjoyed the game,” he said.
“He had to keep doing what he’s going and make (the selectors) pick him again.”
Matthew Wade has had an incredible BBL season.Source:Getty Images
The selectors have seemingly drawn a line through Wade with the star telling Fox Sports News last month that Justin Langer emailed him to congratulate him on his performance but admitted “I’m probably not going to get a look-in any time soon”.
Before this season of Sheffield Shield cricket, Wade admitted he didn’t think he’d play Test cricket — “not as a wicketkeeper-batter, anyway”.
The 31-year-old left-hander continued where he left off last year, where he smashed three centuries in the last five matches of the season, including a century in Tasmania’s final loss to Queensland.
It’s a stunning run of form at a time when Australia was begging for players to put their hands up.
The 31-year-old said he would have to make some changes to make it back into the Aussie set up.
“(The selectors have said) they’d like to see me bat in the top four if I’m going to be selected as a specialist batsman,” Wade told SEN on Friday.
“I’ve sat down and had a good think about it, and to be moving around in the order for my personal goals is not something I’ve ever wanted to do as a player. I’ll be playing wherever suits Tassie and the Hurricanes.
Wade admitted plenty of frustration at the continued snubs.Source:Getty Images
“Having said that, I think Tim Paine’s available for the first three (Shield) games back after the break so that may be an opportunity for me to go up the order and see what I can do.
“There’s an Ashes around the corner and I still feel like I can put my hand up for that as a keeper-batsman as well.
“Absolutely, it’s a little bit frustrating (to not get selected). Weight of runs was the order of the day when Justin took over and I feel like I’ve put weight of runs on the board and I still haven’t got a chance yet. So it’s a little bit frustrating.”
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