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Wade targets World Cup recall

Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade is targeting a recall to the ODI side for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Wade, who has made 94 ODI appearances for Australia, was left out of the ODI side back in October 2017, replaced by current captain Tim Paine. His last Test cap came in September 2017, and while Wade concedes his Test career looks to be over, he has a more positive outlook when it comes to playing at next year’s World Cup.

"I don't think I'll probably play Test cricket again, not as a wicket-keeper batter anyway," Wade told cricket.com.au. "I still have the ambition to play white-ball cricket for Australia. With the World Cup just around the corner I don't feel that anyone's cemented their spots since I went out of the team 12 months ago in white-ball cricket.

Wade in action for Australia
Wade in action for Australia

"I feel like if I'm given the opportunity again, if things fall into place close to the World Cup I can still play in that for sure."

Wade made his ODI debut back in 2012 and has 117 dismissals behind the stumps for Australia. However, the 30-year-old admitted he was keen to give up the gloves and focus on his batting in the latter stages of his career, particularly in first-class cricket.  

"I want to be as good a batter as I can be," he added. "I'd like to be able to not keep and play as a batter in the last few years of my career. That's where I'd like to get to.

"I'll play as a keeper-batter in the white-ball [formats] probably until the end of my career. I feel I'm moving towards becoming more of a batter toward the back end of my career but at the moment I'll be playing as a wicket-keeper.”

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