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Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has admitted that his international career is likely over after Tim Paine replaced him in the national team this summer.
Paine represented Australia in the Ashes and the recent ODI series against England, but while he missed the second ODI due to an illness, Adelaide Strikers opener Alex Carey filled in for him.
Given Carey’s meteoric rise in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) and the fact that he was overlooked when Paine was sidelined for the second ODI, Wade conceded that his days playing international cricket are likely well and truly over.
“When you get dropped from all formats, in summer, I would be surprised if they (national selectors) go back to me,” Wade was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “I’m disappointed that I didn’t get picked in the one-dayers but that’s just what it is, and my international career is probably a long way away from coming back.
“Alex Carey’s playing good cricket, I would assume he’d be the next option for Australia in short format. But I’m comfortable with that. I understand that, it’s a reality for me.”
Wade added that once he accepted his potential fate, he felt as if a big weight had been taken off his shoulders.
“Once it was all over I probably relaxed and chilled out, and my performances probably got better from that,” he said. “I didn’t feel like it was taking a toll at the time, but once it was done I was a lot more relaxed and a lot calmer.
“I’m comfortable with that, I got an opportunity to play a lot for Australia and I’m thankful I did get that opportunity. Now it’s just about enjoying my cricket for the next three, four, five years hopefully.”