Matthew Wade dropped for Australia's Test tour of South Africa

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  • Tim Paine retained as captain for March’s three-Test tour
  • Wade named vice-captain for T20 tour to New Zealand
Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade earned criticism for his form with the bat as India shocked Australia in the recent Test series. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images
Matthew Wade earned criticism for his form with the bat as India shocked Australia in the recent Test series. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images
Australian Associated Press
Tue 26 Jan 2021 19.54 EST

Matthew Wade has been dropped from Australia’s Test squad to tour South Africa but will still be representing his country after being named vice-captain of the Twenty20 squad to tour New Zealand at the same time.

Wade was the big omission in Wednesday’s dual squad announcement for the simultaneous tours, with in-form South Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey replacing him for the three-Test tour next month.

Queensland fast bowler Mark Steketee is the other new face in the squad, earning his first tour nod after strong Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League form.

Travis Head has been retained, despite Wade pipping him for the No 5 position for the final two Tests against India, while Tim Paine is expected to wear the gloves after being retained as captain.

Wade was thrust into the unfamiliar role of opener to begin the Test series but earned criticism for some loose dismissals as he went 14 innings without a half-century as India shocked the hosts to win the series 2-1.

Head will compete with Moises Henriques and Carey, who struck a BBL century last week and could play as a specialist batsman, for the vacant middle-order spot.

Meanwhile Aaron Finch will captain the T20 side for the five-game series against the Black Caps.

He will lead an 18-man squad that includes emerging spinner Tanveer Sanga and fit-again fast bowler Jhye Richardson and will not change regardless of the status of the South African tour, which remains subject to suitable biosecurity arrangements.

Test squad: Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Matthew Wade (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.