Matthew Wade: A Wicketkeeper Every Team Wants

Wade’s birthday is on December 26th, and he was born in Hobart. His father, Scott Wade, played Australian rules football at the professional level for the likes of Hawthorn in the VFL and Clarence and Hobart in the TFL. He also held the position of CEO of AFL Tasmania for a considerable amount of time. His grandpa Michael Wade led the Hobart Football Club as its president. Jeremy Howe, a defender for the Collingwood Football Club, is a cousin of Wade.

According to latest news related to cricket, During his time in junior football and cricket for Tasmania, Wade played with future AFL stars like Sam Lonergan, Grant Birchall, and Jack Riewoldt while vice captaining the Tassie Mariners in the TAC Cup. In the 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, he competed for Australia. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 16[6], and after two cycles of treatment, he was declared cancer-free.

In 2011, Wade was a key contributor for the Victoria batting order.

During one of Wade’s List performances, In his first stint with the Tasmanian national team, he played in one match for the Tasmania Tigers in the 2006–07 Ford Ranger One Day Cup season. Due to the presence of Tim Paine, who was considered the potential successor to Brad Haddin as wicketkeeper for the Australian national team, his chances of being picked as a wicketkeeper in his home state were slim. Instead of focusing on becoming a specialist batter, Wade relocated to Victoria for the 2007/08 season and, within two years, had supplanted Adam Crosthwaite as the state’s first choice wicketkeeper.

During the 2008–2009 season, Wade achieved his first century in first-class cricket. With the score at 5/60 in the 2009/10 Sheffield Shield final against Queensland, he stepped out to bat and helped Victoria to victory with a total of 96 runs. Wade was voted man of the match after Victoria’s 457-run victory.

In the 2011 Indian Premier League season, Wade made three appearances for the Delhi Daredevils after signing with the team in January 2011.

Wade moved back to Tasmania before the 2017–18 season to be closer to family. Even though Tim Paine was a part of the Test team, he was the first choice wicket keeper, and Wade was picked as a specialist batsman once Paine returned from national duty. 

After Cricket Tasmania decided to bench George Bailey in the middle of the 2018/19 season so that Bailey could devote more time to his batting, Wade was named captain of the Tasmanian squad and the Hurricanes.

He was acquired by the Gujarat Titans in the 2022 Indian Premier League auction in February. For the upcoming 2022 season of England’s The Hundred, the Birmingham Phoenix acquired him in April.

Global Profession

Success in local limited-overs cricket earned Wade his first national team call-up for a Twenty20 International against South Africa in October 2011. Opening the batting and hitting 72 runs off of 43 balls, he earned the Man of the Match award in his first T20I against India in Sydney in February 2012.

After the Twenty20 International series, Wade was selected to play for Australia in the 2011–12 One Day International Commonwealth Bank Series. While making his debut against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he scored 67 runs off 69 balls and was named the match’s Man of the Match. He established himself as Australia’s go-to wicketkeeper for short overs games, and he often batted first, throughout this series.

Wade, though, was replaced by Brad Haddin in the Test lineup after the 2013 Ashes series. He continued to play in one-day internationals as the wicketkeeper for some time, but he was eventually replaced by Brad Haddin for Australia’s 2015 World Cup team. Despite losing his Test wicketkeeping job to Peter Nevill, Wade was returned to the squad for the ODI and T20I series against England in 2015 following Brad Haddin’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2014–15 season. Three and a half years after his last Test match, in November of 2016, Wade was recalled ahead of a struggling Nevill for the third Test against South Africa and the accompanying home series against Pakistan.

Wade earned his first One-Day International century on January 13, 2017, off of 100 balls in the opening game of a five-game series against Pakistan. Australia was in deep danger at 5 for 78 when he scored 100; he did it on the penultimate ball of their innings. He was able to accomplish the century by retaining the strike on the second-to-last ball, which enabled him to score two runs off a ball hit to the infield owing to a misfield. Wade was first thrown out on LBW, but the judgement was reversed when he requested a review.

When Steve Smith was hurt in the first ODI of the series against New Zealand on January 27, 2017, he was picked to take over as captain. Not being well enough, he was left out of the team for the first One-Day International. For this game, Aaron Finch will serve as the team’s de facto captain. After a back ailment forced Wade to miss the second one-day international of the series, Finch remained in charge for the rest of the games.

Australia needed a replacement for Usman Khawaja, who injured his hamstring and would be out of the knockout stage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, so they recruited Wade to the team in July.

He was included in the Australian team that will play the 2019 Ashes series in England in July 2019. Wade batted in every one of the five games, scoring 337 runs in 10 innings at an average of 33.70 with two hundreds. The score in the series is 2-2. Wade was given a central contract by Cricket Australia in April of 2020 for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

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In Test matches, he has four hundreds (100 or more runs in an innings), while in ODI matches, he has one. In April of 2012, Wade made his debut in a Test match against the West Indies at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

In September of 2019, he batted 117 against England at The Oval, Kennington for his best Test score. Wade debuted in an ODI in February of 2012 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, against India. [41] In January of 2017, at The Gabba in Brisbane, he scored a perfect 100* in a match against Pakistan. No T20I match has seen him score a century.

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