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Wade determined to improve

UPDATED 25 January, 2013 8:38AM AEST | by Carly Adno, Omnisport 6

Matthew Wade has conceded he needs to work on parts of his game to remain Australia's number one wicketkeeper.

Wade came in for heavy criticism from former keeper Ian Healy who accused him of getting the basics wrong, but the two have since met to discuss how he can improve.

"I'm not hiding, I've got to work hard at certain areas in my keeping," Wade said on Thursday.

"Every day I'm trying to get better, I want to be the best player I can be. There's always stuff you can work on."

It's not just his technical game Wade needs to improve. He has also had to make changes to his eating habits.

"I've had to work on my diet, it's been an interesting thing," Wade said.

"I get a little bit nervous so I don't eat as much as what I should.

"As a cricketer I want to get better every time I play so that's something I have to work on, as well as some technical things."

One of Wade's biggest challenges this year will be keeping wicket on India's spinning pitches when Australia tour next month, but the 25-year-old is confident in those conditions.

"I played my first three Test matches in the West Indies, which took a lot of turn and I felt really comfortable," he said.

"I've kept in India before so I feel comfortable actually on those wickets.

"The difference between here and there is that it obviously spins big there - it's more consistent spin so it's actually, at times, a little bit easier to keep to."

Wade isn't expecting Australia's rotation policy to extend to the wicketkeeping role, but if it does he does not see it as a negative.

He was left out of Australia's first two ODIs against Sri Lanka and came back feeling better.

"Personally, coming back into the team I felt really fresh and ready to go," he said.

"We've got a big tour, we've got a big six months coming up, so 10 days off is probably not a bad thing to freshen up."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 January, 2013 8:27PM AEST

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