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Matthew Wade announces retirement from first-class cricket and focus on white-ball formats

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Wade’s career in red-ball cricket comes to an end on March 21 in Hobart, Australia, when Tasmania and Western Australia play in the Sheffield Shield final. Wade began playing red-ball cricket in 2012.

Wade will play his last red-ball match of his career, which began in 2012, in the Sheffield Shield final between Tasmania and Western Australia, which starts here on March 21. Following that game, the left-handed hitter will play in the Indian Premier League for the Gujarat Titans in 2024, but he will be absent for the first few games due to the Shield final falling during league play. According to a statement from Wade, “playing for my country while wearing the baggy green remains a highlight of my career. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that the long-form game provides, and although I will continue to play white ball cricket.” Wade played 36 Test matches for Australia, averaging 29.87 while scoring 1613 runs with four hundreds.

In Brisbane in 2021, he made his final Test appearance against India, losing to Alex Carey in the process.

“My favorite and most preferred format has always been red-ball cricket.” Having a beer with your friends after four days of intensely battling it out in a First-Class game is what I’m going to miss.

“You don’t get that feeling—I’ve played franchise leagues all over the world,” he continued.

Wade, though, has improved as a finisher in the T20 format recently, and he was a big part of Australia’s successful campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021.

One of his most remarkable innings came against Pakistan in the semifinals in Dubai, when he went undefeated at 41 off just 17 balls.

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