Matthew Wade looms to be the prized signing for the Melbourne Stars during the BBL|03 contracting window.
With three brilliant one-day centuries last season, he announced himself as a genuine batsman. He is also one of Victoria's emerging young leaders full of combative spirit.
It was a summer to remember for keeper-batsman Wade who played in all of Australia’s Test matches – including his first on home soil.
Wade’s dominance for Australia meant - unfortunately for the Stars – he was only available for the opening derby match of the BBL.
He was at his damaging best last summer for Australia, combining his powerful boundary-hitting with punches into the gaps for singles and twos, smashing 191 runs at an average of 63.66 in the three Test matches against Sri Lanka, while also taking a series-high 14 catches. It included a fighting 102 not out against Sri Lanka at the SCG.
Wade joined Clint McKay along with James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell in embodying the Stars on the international arena during the ICC Champions trophy earlier this year, and was also selected in the Ashes squad.
At home, Wade was promoted as captain of the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers and he led by example in the RYOBI Cup where he averaged 45.14 throughout the series to lead Victoria to the Elimination final.
The combative leader brings to the Stars many talents, which will prove vital in the line-up for BBL|03.
Five years ago, Wade moved from his home state, Tasmania, and is now well and truly settled in Melbourne with his wife Julia and their two pet golden retrievers, Bella and Oscar.