Less than five months after captaining Australia for the first time, Matthew Wade is reportedly set to lose his national contract following a lean summer with the bat.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Wade will not feature in Cricket Australia’s list of contracted men’s players for the 2021/22 season, which is expected to be announced on Thursday.
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The 33-year-old registered 173 runs in this summer’s Test series against India, failing to pass fifty in four matches — he couldn’t muster a 50+ score in his 14 most recent Test innings.
Wade was subsequently axed from the Australian Test squad for the postponed tour to South Africa, with Travis Head and Moises Henriques the top candidates to occupy the No. 5 spot next summer.
Although he featured in the recent white-ball tour to New Zealand, Wade could be replaced in the T20 side by South Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
Joe Burns also risks losing his Cricket Australia contract after being brutally axed from the Test side following December’s Boxing Day match against India.
West Australian all-rounder Cameron Green is expected to rewarded following his breakout summer, while Will Pucovski and Marcus Stoinis could also potentially earn contracts.
The 2021/22 season features white-ball tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh before a T20 World Cup — a competition Australia has never won.
A highly-anticipated Ashes series will headline the home summer before the Aussies travel to Asia for a Test series against Pakistan.
Last week, Cricket Australia announced the women’s contract list for the 2021/22 season, with teen sensation Darcie Brown the only new face.
Cricket Australia women’s 2021/22 contract list: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Cricket Australia men’s 2020/21 contract list: Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa