Wade hopeful of holding on to Test berth
The Australian batsman thinks he did enough against England to earn a spot in the Test team this summer
19 September 2019, 08:11 PM AEST
Matthew Wade believes his Ashes showing with the bat is enough to secure a middle-order Test spot for the start of the cricket summer.
But he concedes there are no selection guarantees.
The Tasmanian hit two centuries and finished as Australia's third-highest run scorer in a series where they retained the urn on English soil.
The punctuation mark was a fighting second-innings 117 in the final-Test loss at The Oval.
"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 on Thursday.
Australia faces selection headaches at the top of the order after poor Ashes returns from openers David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris.
The rest of the top six is also not set in stone, with Travis Head dropped for Mitch Marsh in the final Test and Marnus Labuschagne leapfrogging Usman Khawaja at No.3.
There are 12 Sheffield Shield matches before Australia play Pakistan in the summer's first Test on November 21 at the Gabba.
Wade knows selection frustration better than most, having banged down the door with first-class runs to make his Test comeback as a specialist bat.
"You never feel 100 per cent safe," the 31-year-old 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."
Wade has been rested for Tasmania's one-day matches against Victoria and Western Australia next week but is expected to play after that.
He was quick to throw his support behind Test skipper Tim Paine, a day after allrounder Mitch Marsh did the same.
Paine has come under fire for some questionable DRS calls and his choice to bowl first in The Oval match, which England won to level the series 2-2.
"Ashes cricket can be a pressure cooker and I thought he handled it really well," Wade said.
"Within the group, he's got our full respect."