February 20 (Reuters) – Australia batsman Matthew Wade said he was not looking for an explanation from domestic selectors after being excluded from the test squad, knowing he had enough chances to hold on his place in the team.
Wade, 33, made multiple starts in the recent 2-1 home series loss to India – with four scores over 30 – but failed to pass 50 in any of his eight innings.
The Tasmanian drummer failed to make the cut for the South Africa tour, which has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
“I don’t need to dive into it too much, I know where I am and I’m comfortable with what I’ve done,” Wade said at a press conference on Saturday.
“There was always someone who was probably going to be left out when we lost the series and that was me.
“The only regret I have is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score.”
Despite being overlooked for South Africa, Wade has a chance to impress selectors on the Twenty20 tour of New Zealand, with the first match set to start in Christchurch on Monday.
Due to pre-tournament biosecurity protocols, it was not possible to change the T20 squad after the trip to South Africa was canceled, meaning a number of youngsters have a chance to prove their worth. value before the World Cup in October.
“Guys like Josh Philippe and Riley Meredith have three or four years of BBL experience. It’s an exciting opportunity for them to play on the big stage,” said Wade, who will likely take on a wicket keeper role in New Zealand.
“If we are to win the World Cup, we have to have a good team. This scenario certainly tests it.”