Matthew Wade of the Tigers during day one of the round 7 JLT Sheffield Shield cricket match between Tasmania and Western Australia at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Friday, February 16, 2018. (AAP Image/Rob Blakers) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP
Matthew Wade of the Tigers during day one of the round 7 JLT Sheffield Shield cricket match between Tasmania and Western Australia at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Friday, February 16, 2018. (AAP Image/Rob Blakers) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP

Star thrown under bus in Aussie circus

FORMER Aussie skipper Ian Chappell has whacked suggestions former Aussie wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was short-changed this summer after being denied a Test recall.

The left-hander has produced the most dominant domestic season since Steve Waugh in 2003/04, blasting 571 runs for Tasmania to earn himself the Domestic Cricketer of the Year award.

But the whirlwind shake-up to Australian cricket following Steve Smith and David Warner's ban meant new captain Tim Paine would be the nation's gloveman for at least a few years.

While a slump in form behind the stumps has plagued Wade's reputation as a keeper-batsman, his recent hot streak with the willow had fans calling for him to return as a standalone batsman - and the stats are all on his side.

But former Test skipper Chappell believes Wade simply isn't "a good enough wicketkeeper" to warrant a recall.

"He's not a good enough wicketkeeper to be picked and that's part of the problem," Chappell said on Wednesday.

'Those who are jumping up and down saying he should be picked as a batsman haven't look at what he did in his last few Tests. He didn't make many runs.

"I don't think you need to look further than that."

Matthew Wade with his Domestic Player of the Year gong. Picture: Getty
Matthew Wade with his Domestic Player of the Year gong. Picture: Getty

Wade's last Test was in September 2017. Apparently 18 months isn't enough time to rebuild from a form slump.

Unfortunately for the former three-format wicketkeeper, Wade's Shield average of 63.44 counted for nothing during the home summer.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns explained the board's decision, which only raised more eyebrows.

"If Matthew wants to be considered as a straight-out batsman, it would be nice to see him batting a little higher up for Tasmania," he said.

Wade, a notoriously chirpy gloveman behind the stumps, wasn't letting that one fly.

"He (Hohns) voiced his opinion about me batting in the top four, I raised that Shaun Marsh bats five for WA," Wade said.

Matthew Wade had led the way with the bat in domestic cricket.
Matthew Wade had led the way with the bat in domestic cricket.

"The Bellerive pitch is a tough batting wicket. I've been at stages like 4/50 a lot and I think it's a specialist position, five and six, you've got to bat with the tail.

"You probably need someone to set the pace a little bit down there with the tail and kind of build the total a different way than just a specialist batsman."

Wade admitted he felt short-changed after "ticking all the boxes" for selection over a statistically disastrous summer for Australia.

"It's disappointing for me, it seems the criteria when Justin took over was weight of runs and hundreds. I feel like I'm ticking all those boxes and the reasons I'm not getting picked is I'm not batting in the top four."

Wade averages 28.58 in his 22-Test career, which was spent primarily batting at No. 7.

The 32-year-old was also denied a spot in Australia's 15-man squad for the upcoming ODI tour of India, despite scoring 487 runs at 44.27 with the willow while captaining the Hobart Hurricanes to the top of the Big Bash table.

Matthew Wade has been on fire for the Hurricanes and still couldn’t scrape into Australia’s 15-man white ball quad.
Matthew Wade has been on fire for the Hurricanes and still couldn’t scrape into Australia’s 15-man white ball quad.

Despite the recent setbacks, Wade says the return of Tim Paine to Tasmania for the back-end of the season could give him an opportunity to prove himself higher up the order.

"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," he said.

"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.

"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."

News Corp Australia


BALLINA: Dramatic late turnaround in Franklin’s fortunes

premium_icon BALLINA: Dramatic late turnaround in Franklin’s fortunes

Votes have shifted in Nationals Candidate Ben Franklin's favour

Surprising election tips from betting agencies

premium_icon Surprising election tips from betting agencies

"Lismore is going to be on for young and old"

ROLLING COVERAGE: Clarence voting results as they happen

ROLLING COVERAGE: Clarence voting results as they happen

Coverage of the state election in Clarence