Matthew Wade’s Ashes hopes in disarray after being dropped in India

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    Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Matthew Wade faces an uphill battle to retain his spot for the Ashes after being dumped from the one-day international team.

    The wicketkeeper was dropped from the side which slumped to a series defeat in Indore on Sunday, with India taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

    “That’s a big decision from the Australian selectors,” Clarke told Indian broadcaster Star Sports.

    “Because now I think it’s very hard for Matthew Wade to fight his way into that Test team as well.”

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    Wade had failed to post a double-figure score in his past five innings in one-day cricket and past three in Tests.

    After the ODI series in India, Wade will return home to play for Tasmania after a decade with Victoria.

    He’ll have three Sheffield Shield matches to convince selectors he is still Australia’s No. 1 option with the gloves.

    “He’s going to have to go back and play first-class cricket,” Clarke said.

    “I can’t see them selecting him for the next two ODIs.”

    Wade was replaced by part-time wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb, who will be a certain selection in the Ashes squad after an encouraging start to his Test career.

    But Handscomb didn’t set the world alight in Indore, out for three before dropping a catch diving to his right while keeping.

    He’s likely to get another chance to impress with Australia still to play two dead rubbers in Bengaluru and Nagpur.

    © AAP 2017