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'We've adapted well on some of the toughest pitches' - Wade

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has said that the one-day specialists and seamers in the side countered Sri Lanka's spinners by 'adapting really well on some of the toughest ODI pitches', helping the visitors seal the ODI series after a 3-0 whitewash in the Tests.

"We have had the advantage, the one-day players getting the advantage to see what the Test pitches have played like and coming here with a clear gameplan," Wade said. "Myself and George Bailey and a few others have just come over for the one-dayers, we have had a clear plan and it has worked so far.

"The wickets have been some of the toughest you'll get in one-day international cricket, we've come from the West Indies, which took spin. You don't usually play on used wickets back to back in one-day internationals. It hasn't been suited to the way we play but we've adapted really well. We are playing a few more quicks than what they (Sri Lanka) are, but with variable bounce and reverse swing, we've countered their spinners."

Despite not being picked as Australia's designated wicketkeeper for the following T20 series against Sri Lanka, Wade acknowledged he is contributing more to Australia now compared to a few years ago.

"Every time you don't get picked for Australia is disappointing, but that's the way it goes," he said. "I'm not a 100 % sure of the reason. (Peter) Nevill played the T20 World Cup and I was told he was going to bat lower, so they wanted to go with his keeping. I'll just keep playing the way I play in ODIs.

"I feel my game is at a level now where I can contribute in ODIs. There was a period of time where my game wasn't in order three or four years ago, where I felt I wasn't contributing enough. At the moment, I feel my game is in good order. I want to get picked for every tour, every match because I feel I can do the job."

After Australia's tri-series win in the Caribbean, stand-in coach Justin Langer challenged Wade to become the best wicketkeeper in the country by following a diligent work ethic. More than two months later, Wade said his keeping is as good as it has ever been.

"It came as a bit of shock to me that it came out in the press like that. I spoke to JL (Langer) after and understood what he was trying to say," Wade said. "I'm under no illusions that I need to work harder and get better at my game. If I want to play Test cricket again, I have to work harder.

"I've improved with my glovework over the past 3-4 weeks in the subcontinent. I went to England and kept playing, that makes a huge difference in the off-season: going home or just training indoors or going to Brisbane to get work done. This time I went to England. I feel like I'm keeping as well as I've done for a very long time."