"Please explain?!": Wade snub raises questions


Australia's Matthew Wade during a nets session at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tasmanians are scratching their heads, after a Matthew Wade-less Australia was smashed by England last night.

Big names have taken to social media to voice their outrage at the decision to snub the left-handed Hobartian in last night's World Cup semi final in Birmingham.

Picked in his place was Peter Hanscomb, who despite averaging a bit over 75 in the corresponding Australia A tour, was bowled for 4 - as part of the top order collapse.

Wade was averaging 88.75 with a strike rate of 182.05, raising questions as to why he's being consistently overlooked for selection.

"Why is Matthew Wade not playing tonight, after all he has faced Archer for two years with The Hurricanes, not to mention his excellent form ????? Please explain ????!!!!!!" tweeted Aussie great Craig McDermott.

Former radio host Dan Ranson echoed that sentiment; "Australia’s form batsman, Matthew Wade, sitting on the sideline watching this rubbish. We deserve this," he tweeted.

Chasing 224 runs for victory, England reached the target with 107 balls to spare and 8 wickets in hand, leaving Australia to lament a campaign which promised so much early on.

The Tasmanian captain will continue to push for a spot in next month's Ashes series.