Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade says there is no bad blood between himself and former Aussie keeper Ian Healy, after the latter delivered a blunt assessment of the youngster's failings in a recent radio interview.
Wade said he and Healy had spoken since the interview aired, and that he took the criticism as constructive, rather than getting up in arms about it. He did concede that he would have preferred to be advised in person, rather than in the press.
Healy had said that Wade's form behind the stumps was below par, and that he had made far too many mistakes over the summer, especially when standing up to spinner Nathan Lyon.
But Wade, who returned to the ODI squad for the final matches against Sri Lanka after being rested, did not take offense. He said ahead of the third ODI in Brisbane: "I took it as constructive.
"I flew up a couple of hours early yesterday and went and had a coffee with him and had a catch. We went through a few little different bits and pieces.
"I suppose it would have been easy for me to get grumpy about it. But I took it on board and I've tried to work on a few things. He's one of the best keepers who has ever played. His feedback is always welcome.
"I think there was a build-up to his comments [on radio] ... I rang him straight away and had a chat to him about it. He was a little bit disappointed about what had been written and said. I'm sure he'll call me up next time and deliver it straight to me instead."
While he was thankful for the advice from Healy, Wade still felt his career was on the right track, and that the past year had gone better than many had been making out. But he did conceded that he had work to do behind the stumps.
He said: "I think in general it's been a decent start. It's definitely something to build on. I've been in the team for 12 months now and I've got to look to get better and improve from now, from this point onwards, look to go up a level.
"That little break is almost the 12-month break for me. I got into the team last year in the Twenty20s so it's almost been 12 months to sit down and reflect on what I've done and now look to push my career further and further.
"I've definitely rocked up now after ten days off and feel really fresh. I'm excited to go to training and have a catch and have a bat. I'm not sure what the effects would have been down the line [if not rested], it's too hard to say, but all I can say is I'm ready to go."