The World Cup hopes of forgotten man Matthew Wade appear all but over after he was overlooked by Australian selectors once again.

Wade wasn’t named on Thursday when Australia’s squad for this month’s ODI and T20 series against India was announced.

The wicket-keeper batsman has consistently plundered runs in domestic cricket this season, top-scoring in the Sheffield Shield and making the second-most runs in the Big Bash League.

But despite averaging 44.27 in the latter with five half-centuries to his name, selectors retained vice-captain Alex Carey over Wade.

The white-ball tour of India is the first step on Australia’s run to the Cricket World Cup - starting May 30 - and will go a long way to determining final spots for the showpiece event.

Another ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE will follow, and will present one last opportunity for Wade to earn selection before the World Cup.

But his chances look slim, given the BBL is entering its final stages and only red-ball cricket will follow, starving the Tasmanian of any chance to impress in the 50-over game.

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The 31-year-old won’t be the only notable absentee in India.

He will be joined by quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood who will miss out through injury.

Starc has a “substantial tear” to his left pec which he sustained on the final day of the second Test, while Hazlewood is still suffering from a back injury.

Australia will play two T20s and five ODIs against India.