Australia’s in-form wicketkeeper-batsman, Matthew Wade admitted that he is disappointed with his exclusion from the T20 squad which will play against Sri Lanka in the next week. Wade, who was made Australia’s replacement to Brad Haddin in the limited-overs format, after the latter’s retirement, was overlooked over Peter Nevill in the T20 World Cup 2016 that took place in India. Nevill will takeover the duties from Wade in the two T20 internationals Australia will play at Pallekele and Colombo, which will also mark the end of their tour to the island nation. Wade though, has been Australia, second-best batsman after George Bailey in the ODI series so far. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 5th ODI
Having scored 152 runs at 50.66 in the four ODIs against Sri Lanka, in tough conditions, where the runs have been difficult to score, Wade has not been told the exact reason for his exclusion. “I’m not 100 per cent sure of the exact reason. I haven’t been told 100 per cent the reason,” he said as quoted by Cricket.com.au, before the final ODI of the five-match ODI series.
“Obviously ‘Nevvie’ (Nevill) played the Twenty20 World Cup and I was told he was going to bat down lower so they wanted to go in with his ‘keeping. In this (T20) series I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I was disappointed not to get picked for the T20 Internationals, but that’s the way it goes. I can only really go out there and perform the way that I’m performing, the selectors take care of the other stuff. Every time you don’t get picked for Australia is disappointing. I’ll ride with it and hopefully keep (putting) the performances forward and get back into the team. I’ll just keep playing the way I play in one-day cricket and then do my stuff for the Renegades in the T20 Big Bash League and hopefully get back in,” said Wade.
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