Matthew Wade has come under the scanner a fair few times the last few months; sometimes due to his shoddy glove work, but for most part, for a string of low scores. It was not a one-off occurrence for the 29-year-old, who was always subjected to criticism since he made his way into the national side.
"It's funny how three years ago I couldn't catch the ball apparently, and now I'm a good 'keeper and I can't bat, so it changes every year," Wade told cricket.com.au on Tuesday (October 24), who has managed to score only 263 runs at an average of 21.92, with only one fifty, in the ten Tests since he replaced Peter Nevill in the Test side.
Yet, Australia's wicketkeeper believes he just needs to focus on playing good cricket and the rest would fall into place. As it was made clear a few weeks ago, the wicketkeeper's slot is up for grabs come the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, with Wade having to contend with the likes of Peter Nevill and uncapped Alex Carey from South Australia, but the veteran keeper said he's not paying too much attention to the chatter surrounding the debate.
"I haven't been paying a lot of attention. I don't tend to read the paper all that much these days and I've deleted Facebook. Instagram's about the only thing I'm still running at the moment, so I don't listen too much.
"I'm the current one-day and Test 'keeper - I want to be there, I feel like I will be there but that's for other people really to scrutinize and have a chat over. I've just got to focus on playing good cricket and trying to win games for Tassie (Tasmania), and I feel like if I do that then the performances will come forward," said Wade who moved back to his home state of Tasmania and participated in Hobart's Premier Cricket competition last week where he clobbered New Town's bowlers around the park, scoring a 105-ball 111 as an opener for Clarence.
"I don't know if they (critics) underrate me, but it is what it is," said Wade. "People are open to their own opinions, but that doesn't really worry me too much. It's more about internally and what I can do to win games.
"I play the game to win, and I don't play for individual accolades - although of course you want to be scoring runs and doing everything you can, but it's about trying to win games for Australia. And if I'm in a team that's winning, I obviously am a lot more comfortable."
Wade's chance to prove his critics wrong and strengthen his bid for that Ashes spot comes in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield that is due to begin on Thursday when Tasmania take on Western Australia at the WACA.