Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade

Personal Information
Born
Dec 26, 1987 (33 years)
Birth Place
Hobart, Tasmania
Height
1.70 m
Role
WK-Batsman
Batting Style
Left Handed Bat
ICC Rankings
                                Test     ODI    T20
Batting                     57       —         —
Bowling                    —        —         —
Career Information
Teams
Australia, Victoria, Delhi Capitals, Melbourne Stars, Australians, Melbourne Renegades, Australia A, Warwickshire, Tasmania, Hobart Hurricanes, Cummins XI, Finch XI

Born on Boxing Day 1987, the southpaw was seen as a long-standing option after the retirement of Adam Gilchrist and was termed as the heir apparent. Wade represented Tasmania in both cricket…

Batting Career Summary
MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test36639161311729.87320350.3640517512
ODI948011177710025.75216482.12101012232
T20I332454278022.47343124.490033114
IPL33022117.333366.6700000
Bowling Career Summary
MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test364302800/00/05.60.00.000
ODI94
T20I33
IPL3
Career Information
Test debut
vs West Indies at Kensington Oval, Apr 07, 2012
Last Test
vs India at The Gabba, Jan 15, 2021
ODI debut
vs India at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Feb 05, 2012
Last ODI
vs India at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Oct 01, 2017
T20 debut
vs South Africa at Newlands, Oct 13, 2011
Last T20
vs India at Sydney Cricket Ground, Dec 08, 2020
IPL debut
vs Pune Warriors at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Apr 17, 2011
Last IPL
vs Pune Warriors at Arun Jaitley Stadium, May 21, 2011
Profile

Born on Boxing Day 1987, the southpaw was seen as a long-standing option after the retirement of Adam Gilchrist and was termed as the heir apparent. Wade represented Tasmania in both cricket and football during his evolving years. When he was 16, Wade was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent two rounds of chemotherapy before being cleared of the disease. Returning to the game, Wade went on to represent Australia in the 2006 U-19 World Cup that was held in Sri Lanka.

Wade got his breakthrough with Tasmania in the 2006-07 season during the Ford Ranger ODI series but played only one match for his state side. He realized that he was behind the pecking order with Tim Paine being the preferred first choice. Rather than playing as a specialist batsman, Wade crossed over to Victoria during the 2007-08 season and in two seasons became the preferred choice ahead of the incumbent Adam Crosthwaite.

A couple of productive seasons with both the bat and the gloves for Victoria in both the Sheffield Shield as well as the One day format meant that Wade established himself as another option for the selectors behind Brad Haddin. His explosive style of batting was something that always worked in his favour.

His consistency won him a spot in the Australian T20 team during the tour of South Africa in late 2011. The ODI call-up was to come soon as he made his debut against India during the Commonwealth Bank Trophy series in February, 2012. He responded with a superb 67 on debut at the MCG. Wade was selected as Haddin’s back-up during the Test tour of West Indies in April 2012 and made his debut after Haddin pulled out of the series owing to personal issues.

He showed glimpses of his batting potential and ended the tour with his 1st Test ton, a free-flowing 106 in the final Test at Roseau. Wade continued to impress with his batting abilities with a powerful 102 against Sri Lanka at the SCG, but his fumbles with the gloves did not impress the critics. With Haddin returning to the game after a brief break, the pressure grew on Wade to prove that he belonged to this level.

Wade is a regular in the Big Bash League though and has been with Melbourne Stars since 2011. However, he found no bidders in the 2014 IPL auctions after Delhi Daredevils decided not to retain any of the players for the 7th edition of the IPL. Then the retirement of Haddin saw Peter Nevill being selected as the first choice keeper and Wade missed out. In ODIs though he continued to be the preferred choice till 2017 before poor form saw being ousted from the side. Alex Carey got the nod for the 2019 WC as well.

But some heroic performances in the first-class set up saw him getting his place back in the Test side for the 2019 Ashes as a specialist batsman with skipper Tim Paine doing the keeping duties.