Matthew Wade turned down the offer to chat with selectors after his Test dumping, saying he needed no further explanation — and that he could only blame himself for losing his spot.
The 33-year-old’s axing technically didn’t become final due to Australia’s tour of South Africa being postponed, although he wasn’t selected in the squad and is instead preparing for five T20s in New Zealand.
Speaking from Christchurch ahead of Monday’s first match, Wade reflected on his Test series against India, in which he passed 30 in four innings, but never made more than 45.
He said he was offered the opportunity for an in-depth chat with selector Trevor Hohns, but declined.
“I had the opportunity to turn starts into big scores and I didn’t do it,” said Wade, who finished the series with 173 runs at 21.62. If you don’t do it, this is what happens. I got plenty of scores, 30s and 40s, which at my age and the level we’re playing at, you’ve got to turn those into big scores. If I’d turned those into hundreds or 80s or 90s, we’re not having this conversation.”
Wade said it was crystal clear why he was dropped, and that he had no regrets over agreeing to open the batting at the start of the series. I know I missed my opportunity; I played some poor shots and I find myself in the scenario I’m in now,” Wade said. You can go into the nuts and bolts of why some players get dropped, but it’s usually pretty simple – you’re not performing at the level you should be. I don’t really need to dive into it too much. I know where I’m at, I’m comfortable with what I did. There was probably always going to be someone left out when we lost the series, and that was me.”