Wade expects Ashes run will reward him Test berth against Pakistan
Matthew Wade was the only Australia batsman apart from Steve Smith to score a century. (AFP Image)

Matthew Wade is hopeful his recent Ashes 2019 form should earn the wicketkeeper batsman a berth in Australia’s squad for Tests against Pakistan later this year. Pakistan are to tour Australia for three T20Is and two Tests, with the first game beginning in Brisbane on November 21.

Wade scored 337 runs from 10 innings with two centuries – at Edgbaston and The Oval – in a series where no other Australia batsman, except Smith was able to register a three-digit score. Moreover, with Australia’s lower-middle order looking shaky, having Wade at No. 5 or 6 offers stability.

Both of Wade’s hundreds in crucial junctures and the left-handed batsman believes he might be starting for Australia when they take on Pakistan at the Gabba. “I’d like to think my performances over those five Tests will have me in the first Test, but you never know,” Wade told reporters after landing in Hobart.

Wade fell out of favour in September 2017 before grinding it out in the Australia domestic circuit to present a strong case for a comeback. The weight of runs he scored while plotting his return saw him being included in Australia’s playing XI as a specialist batsman and not a wicketkeeper. However, despite striking a match-winning 110 in Edgbaston and a fighting 117 at the Oval, Wade remains slightly insecure about his place in the XI.

“You never feel 100 per cent safe,” Wade said of his Australian spot. “Every time I play a game for Australia, I feel like I’m playing for my spot. There’ll be plenty of press around the first few Shield games.

“I got the two hundreds, that’s what everyone will speak about but I thought… the 30s I got in important times in the Leeds Test and the Manchester Test showed that under pressure I can stand up in the big moments.”