It’s been less than a month since he retained the Ashes for Australia but Matthew Wade is already steeled for the summer Test selection speculation.
The resurgent Wade will line-up for Tasmania in their opening Sheffield Shield match of the season against Western Australia in Perth from Thursday.
There are four rounds of first-class cricket for hopefuls and incumbents to push their credentials before the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba on November 21.
“I know there’s a lot of media speculation about who gets picked in the first Test. I’m in that boat,” the 31-year-old told reporters on Monday.
“There’ll be plenty of talk around me. For me it’s just slotting back in, captaining well.
“If I get a big score that’s great. If not, I’m confident in my game that I’ll get one eventually.”
Wade hit two centuries and finished as Australia’s third-highest run-scorer in the Ashes, but has previously conceded there are no selection guarantees.
“You have to remind yourself every now and then to just do what I did for a two-year period,” Wade said.
“If I do that, we’ve seen that my game’s good enough at this level and the next if I trust it.”
Much was made of Wade batting lower in the Tigers’ order at the beginning of last season’s Shield but his promotion to No.4 is set in stone.
Wade said he was a looking forward to red-ball cricket after scores of seven and 20 for Tasmania in recent one-day cup appearances.
Test match skipper TIm Paine will take the gloves for the Tigers in his first game back from a broken finger.
“My keeping days are probably gone in red-ball cricket unless the team are looking to play another batsman,” Wade said.
“In terms of what’s going on at the next level for me playing as a batter, I’ll be concentrate on that.”