The thundering opening batsman of Australia, Matthew Wade, revealed that the confidence shown in him by the selectors made him perfect.
That was reflected in his attacking innings in the opening T20 against India on February 1st, 2012, where he smashed 72 runs which enabled the home side to win the encounter by 31 runs.
Matthew Scott Wade was born on December 26, 1987, in Hobart, Tasmania, a left hand batsman and agile wicketkeeper. He has played for quite a few domestic teams other than Australia, Australia A and Australia Under – 19s.
The 24-year-old made his debut in T20, match against South Africa at Cape Town on October 13, 2011. He remained unbeaten on one run which Australia won by five wickets and socred 10 runs in the next match at Johannesburg.
Matthew Wade continued performing well in domestic cricket and remained in the highlights of the game. The left hander was impressive in the Big Bash League, 2011/12 and represented Melbourne Stars in the competition. He scored 145 runs in the tournament at an average of 29.00, the best of unbeaten 53 with excellent strike rate of 147.95, held five catches behind the wickets with one stumping.
The youngster opened the innings with another hard hitting batsman David Warner against India and attacked the rival attack from the word go. He shared 38 runs partnership for the first wicket with him, later on had an association of 56 runs runs with the promising all rounder David Hussey and enjoyed batting with them. He commented on his innings in the match with the association of Warner and Hussey as, “I was batting with Hussey who is one of the cleanest strikers and even he was struggling. Apart from (David) Warner and Shaun (Marsh), the rest have been playing T20 and generally thinking about the game and preparing. It really helps.”
Matthew Wade has appeared in all three formats of the game in domestic cricket and has shown a lot of promise. He has played 50 first-class matches, scored 2490 runs averaging 40.16, the best of unbeaten 113 runs with four hundreds and 17 fifties.
He has played 35 One Day Internationals, scored 1183 runs at an average of 42.25, the best of 120 runs with four centuries and three fifties.
The wicket keeper batsman has yet to appear in ODI and Test cricket for Australia but has already gained a lot of confidence while competing at the top level. He said, “My batting has come along. Especially in one-day cricket. It took me sometime to get used to Twenty20 but it has come along. I think there’s a lot more confidence in my game. I can compete at the highest level.”
Wade was declared ‘Player of the match’ after his match winning innings of 72 runs scored off 43 balls with the assistance of three towering sixes and five fours. He has to continue performing in the next encounters with lot more assurance which can earn him a permanent place in the future outfits of Australia.