With the Australian test squad announced yesterday for the upcoming two test series against Sri Lanka, there are plenty of divisive ins and outs.
None more so than Matthew Wade.
The leading Sheffield Shield run scorer this season, Wade has been in career best form with the bat. His numbers this year speak for themselves amassing 571 runs at the healthy average of 63.44.
We hear our test selectors emphasize the need to be putting the runs on the board but it leaves many of us scratching our heads when the leading Shield run scorer can’t get a look in.
Even more interesting are some of those who have been called up ahead of him. Matt Renshaw for one. The 22 year-old has been recalled following an up and down test career to go with what can only be described as a lackluster season in the Sheffield Shield.
Renshaw ranks 36th on the Sheffield Shield run scorer charts this season with 199 runs at 19.90.
Another surprise inclusion is that of young-gun Victorian, Will Pucovski. The test bolter has only played 2 shield games but has impressed, scoring a double century in one of them.
It can be argued that Wade’s position batting down the order and wicket-keeping for Tasmania has led to him being overlooked.
“It’s fantastic that he’s scoring a lot of runs … He’s playing as a wicketkeeper-batsman for Tasmania…If Matthew wants to be considered as a straight out batsman it would be nice to see him batting up a little bit higher for Tasmania and that conversation has been had.” Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns told the media on Wednesday.
With decisions like these, it seems as if the selectors may be looking to blood young talent early rather than a short-term fix to our batting woes. Some may ask if there is enough time to experiment with the Ashes only a mere seven months away.
Only time will tell if this approach is the right way to go.