Matthew Wade announces retirement to press. PHOTO: Laura Macintosh (Australian Cricket)

Former Australian Test keeper-batter, Matthew Wade will play his last first-class match in next week’s Sheffield Shield final.

The 36-year-old will continue playing white-ball cricket and seek to be part of Australia’s squad for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year in June. He also has two more seasons on his deal with the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.

Wade informed his Tasmanian teammates of his decision ahead of last week’s match against South Australia in Hobart.

Announcing his retirement at Blundstone Arena, Wade touched on his family’s impact throughout his cricketing journey and how he is forever grateful for their sacrifices and support, especially when overcoming testicular cancer as a teenager.

“I would like to thank my family, my wife Julia, and kids Winter, Goldie, and Duke, for the sacrifices they have made throughout my career, as I traveled Australia and the world as a red ball cricketer,” Wade said

“You’ve seen the ups, the downs, you’ve seen the good and the bad and you’ve dragged me through the tough times… I love you a lot.”

Ahead of the Shield final, Wade has played 165 matches, scored 9183 runs at an average of 40.81, and picked up 463 dismissals in a first-class career that began back in 2007.

Wade also played 36 Tests for Australia which has been a highlight of his decorated career. He averaged 29.87, in a career spanning from 2012 to 2021.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that the long-form game provides, and although I will continue to play white ball cricket, wearing the baggy green while playing for my country remains a highlight of my career.”

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Tasmania men’s head coach, Jeff Vaughan spoke of Wade’s professionalism and the important role he played in Tasmanian cricket since coming back to the state.

“I would like to personally thank and congratulate Matthew for all he has done for Tasmania and Australia in red-ball cricket, he was always professional, and never shied away from the contest,” Vaughan said.

“While his career with our Shield squad may be coming to an end, we look forward to still having him around our group in white ball cricket for the coming years playing for the Tigers, and in purple for the Hurricanes… we hope that we can help send him off with a win in the Sheffield Shield Final next week.”

The local Tassie boy has won four Shield titles with Victoria, including two as captain, but hasn’t tasted success with his home state.

“Hopefully I can wind back the clock and get it done again,” Wade said.

The Sheffield Shield final between Western Australia and Tasmania gets underway on Thursday, March 21.

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