Wade focused on ODIs

03 September 2013

Matthew Wade

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."

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