MELBOURNE, 8 APRIL (HUS). Australian Cricket’s National Selection Committee chairman George Bailey has said that Matthew Wade is still Australia’s first choice as a wicketkeeper in T20 cricket.
Bailey’s statement comes after Wade was dropped from the list of CA contracts for the 2022-23 season. 27-year-old Josh Inglis has been included in the list of central contracts in place of Wade.
Inglis made his T20 International debut against Sri Lanka at the SCG in February. He was also a part of the Australian team in the only T20 match played in Pakistan.
Regarding Wade and others who have missed out on CA contracts, Bailey said: “These are all players who we sincerely hope will play for Australia in the near future. All will probably be selected on our next touring team. Wade is still our favorite T20 team’s favorite wicket-keeper.
He said, “Josh has clearly taken the opportunity and has done well. He is clearly our keeper-in-waiting, I think, behind Alex in the Test and one-day formats. Also he is the keeper-in-waiting behind Wade in T20Is. He’s going to be a big part of every tour we have.”
Bailey also talked about T20 captain Aaron Finch, who has been battling poor form in recent times. Finch had scored a half-century against Pakistan in Lahore, but in the months before that, he has not been able to do much with the bat.
Bailey said, “The way Finch is leading the team, he is building a new T20 and one-day team. I am sure Finch will do well and will be in full swing till the World Cup.”