Cricket - Wade takes Healy criticism on the chin

Returning Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade says he took recent criticisms from legendary gloveman Ian Healy as constructive and felt there is no problem between the two.

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Healy said last week that Wade had made elementary mistakes in his nine Tests which cost the team wickets, especially off the spin bowling of Nathan Lyon. Wade spoke to the press ahead of his return to the Australia one-day side for the match against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Friday, after being rested for the first two games of the five-match series.

And, he said he and Healy had chatted about the comments while also spending time working on Wade's technique. "I took it as constructive to be honest," Wade said. "I flew up a couple of hours early yesterday and went and had a coffee with him and had a catch and just went through a few different little bits and pieces."

He added: "I suppose it would have been easy for me to get grumpy about it but I took it on board and I've come up and tried to work on a few things. It was nice to have a chat to him. He's one of the best keepers that's ever played, so his feedback is always welcome."

Wade also defended the Australia selectors' policy of rotating players in and out of the side. A team missing first-choice players Michael Clarke, David Warner and Wade thumped Sri Lanka by 107 runs in Melbourne before losing by eight wickets in the second match in Adelaide.

According to Wade, a different XI in Adelaide would not have changed the result, while the break has left him refreshed and raring to go in the next game.

"It was nice to have a few days off, so to be back and to get into training - I'm pretty excited actually to get back to training," he said.

"It's been pretty clear that every player's not going to play all three forms consistently over 12 months so it definitely wasn't a surprise [to be rested] and to be honest it's been a benefit to me to come back in, I feel a lot fresher and I'm ready to go.

"I think the boys did a fantastic job in Melbourne and unfortunately they didn't get it quite right in Adelaide.

"It was quite a difficult wicket so it wouldn't have made too much of a difference I don't think if we were back. This group's coming together now and we're together for the next couple of games so we'll be looking to win both games."

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