Sydney: Jan 16, 2013
Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who was recently criticised for his glovework by Ian Healy, went to him for a few tips ahead of Australia’s third ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba on Friday.
Wade said it was easy to be grumpy after hearing Healy’s criticism but it has rather spurred him on to improve his skills behind the stumps.
"I suppose it would have been easy for me to get grumpy about it but I took it on board and tried to work on a few things. I took it as constructive [criticism] to be honest. I flew up a couple of hours earlier yesterday and went and had a coffee with him and had a catch. I just went through a few different bits and pieces," Wade said, according to an AAP report published by Sydney Morning Herald
Healy had earlier criticised Wade’s “elementary mistakes” during the summer after he dropped a few catches which helped Graeme Smith and Faf du Plessis help South Africa secue a draw in the second Test at Adelaide.
Wade’s teammate David Warner had even defended Wade, describing Healy’s comments as ‘a bit sad’
However, Wade said that he cleared the air with the ex-Test keeper.
"I rang him straight away and had a chat to him about it. He was a bit disappointed about what had been written and said," Wade said.
"I am sure he will call me up next time and deliver it straight to me. [But] he is one of the greatest keepers who has ever played. His feedback is always welcome."
Wade believes that it was time for him to improve his game and go one step higher as he approaches his one year anniversary in the national side.
"I got in the team in the T20s last year so it is almost 12 months to sit down and reflect on what I have done," he said. "Now I will look to push my career further. From this point onwards, I will look to go up a level."
Wade is back in te ODI squad along with captain Michael Clarke and Warner after being rested for the first two ODIs.