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Wade straight back into it

09 January 2020

Matthew Wade has wasted no time getting back into the swing of things with his Hobart Hurricanes.

Having represented Australia in all six Tests this summer – following an Ashes campaign in England during the winter – Wade is excited to be back playing white ball cricket.

“I am confident I can play my role within the team, the older you get the easier it can get to transition between formats,” Wade told The Mercury.

“I think it is just important you don’t look at it like you are going from Test cricket to T20, that’s when you get yourself into trouble trying to up the ante too much.

“It’s important to let the game come to you.”

Wade is expected to return to his customary position at the top of the order, taking the place of Australian ODI representative D’Arcy Short.

He’s a more than welcome addition according to his teammates.

“I’ve never seen anyone inject so much life into a side, other than him and ‘Painey’,” McDermott said.

“Wadey comes back and opens the batting and captains.

“He’s a great inclusion and pretty much a like-for-like for that top-of-the order position – and they’re similar players really.

Wade had weighed up a short break between his Test and T20 duties, but with Short’s late call-up for the India ODI series things changed.

“I was planning on missing a couple of games and having a rest, but when D’Arcy got selected for Australia that changed things for me a bit,” Wade said.

“I am happy to be here. I have played a boatload of red ball cricket over the last six months since the Ashes and Australia A and then into Shield cricket and then Test cricket.

“It is exciting to get back and play for the Hurricanes.”