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Australian wicketkeeper batter Matthew Wade has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after opting out of the initial IPL 2024 matches. Matthew Wade’s final red-ball game will be the Sheffield Shield final between Tasmania and Western Australia in Perth.

Wade debuted in first-class cricket in 2007. He amassed 9183 runs at an average of 40.81, accompanied by 19 centuries and 54 fifties across 165 matches. Alongside his batting prowess, he has claimed 442 catches and executed 21 stumpings in his first-class career.

The Hobart-born cricketer played 36 Tests for Australia between 2012 and 2021, amassing 1613 runs at an average of 29.87, including four centuries. His remarkable performance occurred during the 2019 Ashes series against England, where he scored two centuries.

Will Continue To Play White-Ball Cricket – Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade expressed gratitude to his family for their sacrifices following his retirement decision. Wade confirmed his intention to continue playing white-ball cricket for his country.

“Firstly, I would like to thank my family, my wife Julia, and kids Winter, Goldie, and Duke, for the sacrifices they have made throughout my career, as I traveled Australia and the world as a red ball cricketer,” Wade said in a statement.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that the long-form game provides, and although I will continue to play white-ball cricket, wearing the baggy green while playing for my country remains a highlight of my career.”

“I am grateful to all of my teammates throughout my career, along with Cricket Victoria for providing me with the foundations to grow as a first-class cricketer, and Cricket Tasmania for supporting me in finishing my career as a cricketer in my home state,” he added.

The 36-year-old boasts a remarkable record of clinching four Sheffield Shield titles with Victoria, two of which he led as captain. His tenure with Victoria spanned ten years before returning to Tasmania in the 2017/18 season.

Matthew Wade will play in the white-ball format for Tasmania, Australia, and the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. With the T20 World Cup on the horizon, he is set to don the gloves for Australia in the upcoming event in the West Indies and the USA.

Hopefully, I Can Wind Back The Clock – Matthew Wade after retirement from first-class cricket

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