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Matthew Wade will retire from first class cricket

By Akshay - March 15, 2024 05:54 PM

Matthew Wade will retire from first class cricket: Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has announced on Friday that he will retire from first-class cricket after the Sheffield Shield final between Tasmania and Western Australia starting on March 21 but will remain eligible for selection in the limited overs format.

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Due to the Shield final, the left-handed batsman will miss the initial matches of Gujarat Titans for IPL 2024 but he will be in India for the remaining stages of the tournament.

Matthew Wade- 'I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that the long-term game brings and although I will continue to play white-ball cricket, wearing the baggy green while playing for my country will be the highlight of my career.'

Wade played 36 Tests for Australia and scored 1613 runs at an average of 29.87 with four centuries. His last Test was against India in Brisbane in 2021 after which Alex Carey replaced him.

'Red ball cricket has always been my number one and favorite format. That's what I miss, after four days of hard work in a first-class game and drinking beer with my mates. I have played franchise leagues all over the world and you don't get that feeling.

Wade has developed himself as a finisher in the T20 format in recent times, and has played a key role in Australia's victorious run in the T20 World Cup 2021. His unbeaten inning of 41 runs in just 17 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final in Dubai is one of his most memorable innings.

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