Matthew Wade eyeing Test recall but in keeper role
Sydney: Australian cricketer Matthew Wade has said that he can see himself getting back to the Test squad as a wicketkeeper again.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia is likely seeking a specialist No.6 batsman for the return Ashes series and Wade could push his claims with impressive showing in the one-day matches against Scotland and England.
However, Wade has played down his chances of a Test recall as a batsman, hinting that he is willing to bide his time behind Brad Haddin and win his way back as a keeper and saying that he does not think that he will be playing as a batsman in the Test team for a `little while`.
The report mentioned that although Wade, who was the was only member of Australia`s Ashes squad not to play a Test in the recent series loss to England as a back-up to Haddin, was reportedly considered as a specialist batsman for the fifth Test at the Oval, he was overlooked in favour of James Faulkner as an all-rounder.
According to Wade, he sees himself as getting back in the team as a keeper, although he added that he also wants to score as many runs as he can and will take the opportunity of playing if he is chosen.
Wade, who played at No.6 for Australia seven times when he was first-choice Test wicketkeeper, averaged 34.17 in the role, including an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka at the SCG in January, the report added.