[caption id="attachment_803005" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-803005" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Matthew-Wade-2.jpg" alt="Matthew Wade" width="628" height="355" /> Matthew Wade (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Despite belting runs across formats in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australian</a> domestic circuit, wicketkeeper-batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/matthew-wade/">Matthew Wade</a> has failed to find a spot in the national team which in turn has been struggling in the absence of their two premier batsmen. <strong>(ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/last-six-months-most-difficult-of-my-career-aaron-finch-802999">Last six months most difficult of my career - Finch</a>)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>With 571 runs at 63.44, Wade is the current leading run-getter in Sheffield Shield, Australia's first-class competition. And in the ongoing Big Bash League, he's the second highest run-scorer with 590 at 45.38. <p></p> <p></p>The selectors continual snub has also left Wade frustrated but former captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ian-chappell/">Ian Chappell</a> has backed the decision of the Tasmanian being not considered good enough for a recall. <strong>(ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/josh-hazlewood-hopeful-of-getting-fit-for-world-cup-802994">Hazlewood hopeful of getting fit for WC</a>)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Chappell argues that Wade's primary role is that of a wicketkeeper and he hasn't done enough on that front to force his way back into national reckoning. <p></p> <p></p> He s not a good enough wicketkeeper to be picked and that s part of the problem, Chappell said on <em>Macquarie Sports Radio</em>. 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 Test matches as a batsman. He didn t make too many runs. I don t think you have to look any further than that. <p></p> <p></p>Wade's last of 22 Tests for Australia came in September 2017 while his last ODI was back in October 2017. <p></p> <p></p>However, of late, Wade has been amassing runs with impressive consistency which also saw him being crowned as Australia's best male domestic player this week. <p></p> <p></p>Trevor Hohn, the chairman of selectors, has said that Australia already have a wicketkeeper-batsman (Tim Paine) in Test cricket who also happens to be their captain. <p></p> <p></p>He had suggested the only way the 31-year-old can force his way into Australia's playing XI is through his batting and that too if he bats up the order in Sheffield Shield. <p></p> <p></p> As I suggested, it s great to see Matthew scoring some runs. But if Matthew wants to be considered as a straight out batsman, it would be nice to see him batting up a little higher for Tasmania and that conversation has been had, Hohn had said.