Matthew Wade

Australia
Age
December 26, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Hobart, Tasmania
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Australia
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Ever since Adam Gilchrist’s retirement in 2008, Australia have shuffled around a few wicket-keeping options. And Matthew Wade has been among them. While Brad Haddin was always the front-runners and first-choice, Wade wasn’t too far behind.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
57
-
96
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Australia, Tasmania, Australia A, Warwickshire, Delhi Capitals, Victoria, Australia Under-19, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Australians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
94
80
11
1777
100*
25.75
2164
82.12
1
10
122
32
T20I
38
29
5
526
80
21.92
415
126.75
0
3
39
19
Test
36
63
9
1613
117
29.87
3203
50.36
4
7
175
12
IPL
3
3
0
22
11
7.33
33
66.67
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
94
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
38
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
36
4
30
28
0
-
5.6
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
3
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

It was with Tasmania that Wade started his career. In 2006 – 2007, he made a bright start but with Paine being preferred, the left-handed wicket-keeper-batsman travelled across to Victoria in 2007 – 2008. In only a couple of seasons, the Hobart-born became first-choice wicket-keeper-batsman for Victoria. He performed well with both bat and gloves and his consistency reaped rewards. A few months after the 2011 World Cup, he was picked as Brad Haddin’s backup.

Wade made his international debut in a T20I against South Africa in 2011. Later that summer, he made his ODI debut in the Commonwealth Bank series. He played against India on debut at the iconic MCG and scored a fine 67 at the top of the order. A Test debut followed soon when Australia flew to the West Indies and Brad Haddin pulled out due to personal reasons. Wade impressed spectators with a ton in the last game of that series.

However, with Brad Haddin, Tim Paine and Peter Nevill around, Wade’s position as a wicket-keeper was never certain and he was constantly in and out of the squad. Even today, he hasn’t stamped his authority in any of the formats. While he has lost the gloves to Tim Paine in Test cricket and Alex Carey in the shorter formats, Wade still is in and out of the side as a specialist batsman. His grit, determination and adaptability make Australia keep going back to him as he can adjust to any role and bat anywhere in the batting order.

Test Career

Wade’s Test career has been a start-stop affair. The left-handed wicket-keeper-batsman had a good start to his red-ball international career. He scored a ton in his first series in the West Indies and followed it up with decent outings against South Africa and Sri Lanka at home in 2012 – 2013 where he scored 312 runs at an average of 44.57 across six Test matches. The Tasmanian stumper then flew to India as Australia’s first-choice wicket-keeper for the Test series but failed as he scored just 113 runs across six innings.

Wade disappeared from the Test side for more than three years and only returned when Australia went through an overhaul of their Test side in late 2016 after losing the Test series at home against South Africa. Wade returned for the third Test against the Proteas and was Australia’s incumbent wicket-keeper for nearly a year. He faced Pakistan at home and travelled to India and Bangladesh in 2017 as well. However, performances were not as consistent or promising which led to Wade’s axing again.

In 2017 – 2018, Wade returned to his home state side Tasmania and started putting in big performances. On the back of big runs, Wade broke down the selection door and forced the selectors to pick him as a specialist batsman. He returned to the Test side in the 2019 Ashes and has been a part of it since.

Overall, he has played 32 Test matches spanning across eight years and has scored 1440 runs at an average of 31.3 which includes four hundreds.

ODI Career

Unlike his Test career, Wade has had a consistent run in ODI cricket. In his first couple of years of ODI cricket, he played as many as 40 ODIs, including the ones in the 2013 Champions Trophy. He was up and down the order but he couldn’t manage to attain consistency and hence, was dropped post the England tour in 2013. He scored just 730 runs at an average of 21.71 and could manage just four fifties.

In 2014 and 2015, he remained the backup option for Australia in the 50-over format and continued playing a handful of games. However, in 2016, Wade was back as frontline ODI keeper and was there until the end of 2017. Yet, his performances remained scratchy as he scored 518 runs at an average of 25.90 across 29 ODIs in 2016 before making 184 runs at an average of 26.29 in 12 ODIs the following year.

Wade hasn’t been around the ODI squad ever since the 2017 tour to India. In 94 ODI matches, he has amassed 1777 runs with one hundred and 10 fifties. He averages 25.75 and strikes at 82.12.

T20I Career

Wade has hardly been the first-choice stumper in the shortest format. It was only in 2012 when he played 13 T20Is that he got a long rope. Barring 2012, between 2011 and 2016, he played only a handful of T20Is every year. In 2016, just before the World T20, he played a couple of games against India and Sri Lanka at home. He couldn’t make it big and hence, wasn’t even considered for the mega ICC event. Post that drubbing in 2016, Wade only returned to the T20I squad earlier this year (2020). His performances have continued to be poor.

Overall, the left-hander averages 17.62 while aggregating 282 runs in 30 T20Is.

IPL Career

Wade has played only one season of the IPL. It was in 2011 that Delhi Daredevils picked him up at his base price of $100,000 in the auction. The Australian wicket-keeper-batsman featured in three games but scored just 22 runs.