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Ready for another Test chance - Matthew Wade

Ready for another Test chance - Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade has scored 623 runs from the 12 Test matches he has featured so far.
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Australian wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade has expressed his readiness to take on the challenge of playing Test cricket once again if he is given a second chance by the selectors.

Between 2012 and 2013, Wade played 12 Test matches for Australia but was only able to score 623 runs at an average of 34.61, while accounting for 33 catches and three stumpings.

Wade played three matches of the 2013 Border Gavaskar Trophy in India and averaged just 18.83 with the bat and has been overlooked for the Test spot ever since.

The 27-year-old admits that he was not at his best when he made his Test debut for Australia which led him to lose confidence in his abilities.

"I feel a lot better.

“Two years ago I lost all confidence and probably all my technique through that period of Test cricket.

"That's probably the worst I've ever kept.

"No doubt, that was the worst I have ever played.”

However, Wade feels that he is in a good position right now and is assured that the Test recall will come if he keeps doing well in domestic cricket.

"(But) I feel really comfortable now.

“I am probably more confident in my technique than I was when I first got picked for Australia.

"So if I can continue improving and doing the right things, good things will happen hopefully."

With the retirement of Brad Haddin, a spot for the wicket-keeper’s role has opened up for Australia, but Peter Nevill seems to be the frontrunner, having played four matches in the 2015 Ashes.

The 30-year-old failed to impress with the bat in his first Test series after a haul of 143 runs from the four games but was impressive behind the stumps having claimed 17 catches.

Wade admits that Nevill is currently the primary choice for the Test spot vacated by Haddin, but Victorian knows that Nevill needs to keep performing to stay in the reckoning.

"Nevvy (Peter Nevill) took his chance when he got it on the Ashes tour.

"Weight of performance is everything.

“If I perform I might get another chance.

"I'm certainly ready to go if I get a chance.

"I haven't spoken to selectors directly.

“After the one-day tour, I played well there and got some feedback just to keep pushing and scoring runs.”

In the One-Day International series against England in September, Wade scored 164 runs from four innings at an average of 82.00. 

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