With 145 runs at an exceptional strike rate of 147.96, Matthew Wade was one of the standout performers for the Stars in their inaugural season - the good news is - he is back for BBL|02.
The keeper-batsman was at his damaging best with the bat combining powerful boundary-hitting with punches into the gaps for singles and twos, while taking a BBL-best four run outs for the Stars.
Consistent batting performances and near flawless glovework during the BBL led to Wade gaining selection and then claiming his place as the Australian’s first choice behind the stumps in both limited over formats. Since his first overseas tour to the West Indies where he made his Test debut, Wadey’s good form has made him the No. 1 keeper in the Test team too.
Five years ago, Wade moved from his home state, Tasmania, to Victoria to play cricket. He’s not the first Wade to come across the Strait for sport; his Dad also moved to Melbourne to play AFL for Hawthorn before starting a family. Wade’s now well and truly settled in Melbourne with his long-term girlfriend Julia and their two pet golden retrievers, Bella and Oscar.