Out-of-favour Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has admitted he’d “be surprised” to get a recall to the Australian team in any format.
Wade was both the test and ODI wicketkeeper for the Aussies leading into the Ashes this summer, before national selectors opted for fellow Tasmanian Tim Paine to wear the gloves.
Alex Carey will keep for Australia in the upcoming T20 internationals, meaning Wade has been overlooked in all three formats of the game in a stunning fall from grace.
The 30-year-old starred for the Hurricanes in their semi-final upset over Perth on Thursday night and spoke openly after the contest.
“When you get dropped from all formats, in summer, I would be surprised if they (national selectors) go back to me,” Wade said.
“I’m disappointed that I didn’t get picked in the one-dayers but that’s just what it is, and my international career is probably a long way away from coming back.
“Alex Carey’s playing good cricket, I would assume he’d be the next option for Australia in short format.
“But I’m comfortable with that.
“I understand that, it’s a reality for me.”
Wade accepting his dismissal from the test and ODI squads allowed him to relax and focus on playing the cricket that brought him to the world stage in the first place.
The freedom the power-hitter played with at Optus Stadium was a perfect illustration of the pressure released off his shoulders.
“Once it was all over I probably relaxed and chilled out, and my performances probably got better from that,” Wade said.
“I didn’t feel like it was taking a toll at the time, but once it was done I was a lot more relaxed and a lot calmer.
“I’m comfortable with that, I got an opportunity to play a lot for Australia and I’m thankful I did get that opportunity.
“Now it’s just about enjoying my cricket for the next three, four, five years hopefully.”
Wade will be a key factor in the BBL07 final when the Hurricanes travel to Adelaide to play the Strikers on Sunday afternoon.