Matthew Wade harbours hope of a Test recall as he seeks to cement his status as Australia’s first-choice wicketkeeper for the Twenty20 World Cup.
Australia begin a five-match T20 series in New Zealand on Monday, a key stepping stone towards the World Cup that is slated to start in India during October.
Wade, Alex Carey and Peter Handscomb have taken the gloves for Australia’s T20 side in the past two years, while uncapped Josh Philippe is an obvious candidate if he can replicate some sparkling Big Bash League form at international level.
Wade was axed from Australia’s Test squad after the series loss to India, having failed to pass 50 in his past 14 Test innings.
But the 33-year-old will continue to serve as T20 vice-captain in New Zealand, whereas Australia’s Test tour of South Africa has been postponed on health grounds.
“I’ll keep throughout the series. I’ve kept the last four T20 internationals and going forward, hopefully that’s the way we’re going to go,” Wade said.
Wade’s conversation with Trevor Hohns last month was brief.
The veteran turned down the chairman of selectors’ offer of a detailed explanation of the reasons why he had been dumped from the Test squad.
“As I said to Trevor, I’ve been around long enough to know that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level then your spot is going to be up (for grabs),” Wade said.
“And if your team isn’t winning then there is more chance.
“I batted well, just didn’t cash in on starts … I know I missed some opportunities, played some poor shots.
“I know where I am at.”
The Tasmanian will captain his state in the Sheffield Shield after the current tour.
“In terms of my path back into the Test team, that’ll take care of itself,” Wade said.
“If I can perform and an opportunity comes up, they know I can play at that level.
“If I manage to score runs on the way to wins for Tassie then maybe I’ll get another opportunity.”
Wade opened the batting during Australia’s first two Tests against India because of David Warner and Will Pucovski’s injuries, even though he had never performed that job at first-class level.
Wade insisted he had no regrets about accepting the promotion.
“Only regret is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score … the two games I opened, I actually batted as well as I did during the whole series,” he said.
“I feel comfortable that if I had to do it again, I could do a good job.”