Advertisement

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN ODIS

No worries for Wade over India squad

14 January 2017

The incumbent Test gloveman believes Australia's winning ways should count in his favour for the upcoming squad announcement

Matthew Wade says Australia's four-match winning streak means he has no nerves ahead of the announcement of the Test squad for the upcoming tour of India.

Despite being the incumbent wicketkeeper-batsman in the Test side, Wade is no certainty to travel to India and coach Darren Lehmann conceded last month it would be a "tight call" between Victoria's captain and NSW keeper Peter Nevill for what is regarded as one of the toughest tours for a gloveman.

Report and highlights: Wade ton hands Aussies 1-0 lead

But Wade says the fact the Test side has bounced back from a five-match losing streak so emphatically this summer means he's relaxed ahead of the squad announcement on Sunday morning.

Wade hits top form with maiden ODI century

"I'd be nervous if we'd lost four Test matches in a row, but we're winning games," the 29-year-old said after his match-winning century in the series-opening Victoria Bitter ODI against Pakistan on Friday night.

"The team's going well, the young guys are playing well and I feel like we're in a really good spot.

"Selection is selection. The team will get picked and hopefully I'm in it, but I don't feel nervous when the team's winning the way it is."

Quick Single: Arthur condemns "old-style" Pakistan

The likes of Steve Waugh and Brad Haddin have urged selectors to stick with Wade for the India tour, but Jason Gillespie wrote in his cricket.com.au column this week that he would opt for Nevill and young South Australian keeper Alex Carey, although he conceded it would be a "tough call" to leave Wade out of the squad.

Wade's performances with the bat and behind the stumps since he took over from Nevill partway through the summer haven't completely silenced the debate about his position in the team.

The left-hander contributed just 50 runs in five innings in the four Tests he played, although he was chasing quick runs on two of those occasions, and he missed a handful of half-chances with the gloves.

But he returned to form with a sensational hundred at the Gabba on Friday night, his first in ODI cricket and a score made under a great deal of pressure following a top-order collapse. 

Stumps at the Gabba: Wade gets Aus out of a pickle

"I feel like been hitting the ball really well for a period of time now," he said.

"I certainly haven't just been going out there and nicking off. I've been getting myself out more times than not.

"I've been putting plenty of work in and it's about getting yourself in and giving yourself a chance."

Quick Single: Seven contenders for Australia's India squad

Wade shared an 82-run partnership in Brisbane with Bushrangers teammate Glenn Maxwell, who was fined by the Australian team last month after comments he made about his state skipper and where he bats in Victoria's Sheffield Shield side.

The pair have since moved on and Wade expects the allrounder to be in the frame for the Indian tour as well, along with uncapped leg-spinners Mitchell Swepson and Adam Zampa.

Re-live Wade's magic moment at the Gabba

"(Maxwell) plays spin really well and he bowls right-arm off-spin, so he'll definitely be in the mix," Wade said.

"I've seen a little bit of (Swepson and) ... he looks like a really good leg-spin bowler.

"I'd think he'd be in the mix, him and Zamps would probably be fighting it out for a position, I would have thought."

About the Writer

 @martinsmith9994
@martinsmith9994

Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.

Top Stories



Who will captain Aussies in the Ashes?


Lehmann courts wisdom of greats


Cook's epic double ton piles on the pain


Steyn's big change in bid for Test return