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Wade focused on ODIs

UPDATED 03 September, 2013 10:17AM AEST | by AAP 9

Matthew Wade won't be letting thoughts of the vacant No.6 Test batsman spot distract him from his one-day wicketkeeping duties for Australia.

Wade was the only member of Australia's Ashes squad not to play a Test in the recent series loss to England as a back-up to first-choice gloveman Brad Haddin.

The 25-year-old was reportedly considered as a specialist batsman for the fifth Test at the Oval before selectors eventually opted for James Faulkner as an all-rounder.

Australia are likely seeking a specialist No.6 batsman for the return Ashes series in Australia and Wade could push his claims with impressive showing in the one-day matches against Scotland and England.

However he is playing down his chances of a Test recall as a batsman, indicating he's willing to bide his time behind Brad Haddin and win his way back as a `keeper.

"I don't think I'll play as a batter in the Test team for a little while," Wade told AAP ahead on Tuesday's one-off ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh.

"There a guys in there that have nailed their spot down but if I get the opportunity to play, no doubt I'd take it.

"I want to score as many runs as I can and if that comes about I'll take it but in my mindset, I see myself getting back in the team as a `keeper."

Wade played at No.6 for Australia seven times when he was first-choice Test wicketkeeper.

He averaged 34.17 in the role, including an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka at the SCG in January.

While had was dropped at the expense of 35-year-old Haddin for the Ashes, Wade took plenty from the experience.

"I knew coming in I was going to be the back-up 'keeper and if I got an opportunity to play as a bat then it was a bonus," he said.

"I enjoyed the experience. I hadn't been on an Ashes tour before so to see it first hand is something that can hopefully hold me in good stead down the track."

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

First Posted 03 September, 2013 9:53AM AEST

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