Australia wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade won't play for Somerset this season following a knee injury, the English county club announced on Wednesday. The 32-year-old had agreed a deal to play seven Championship games during the first half of the season. <p></p> <p></p>Acknowledging the development, Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry in an official statement said, "Obviously this is disappointing news for Matthew, but injuries are part and parcel of the game." <p></p> <p></p>"I know that our Members and supporters were looking forward to seeing a player of his calibre lining up for us this summer and we share in their disappointment," he added. <p></p> <p></p>The club have not made any announcement about a replacement for Wade, but it is unclear when the 2020 County Championship will begin in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket Australia have advised the Club that the left-handed batsman will require at least a sustained period of rest. <p></p> <p></p>"It's a big blow. I was looking forward to the challenge of playing County Cricket in England this summer, but after discussions with the Cricket Australia medical team regrettably, it became clear that I wouldn't be in a position to join Somerset," Wade said. <p></p> <p></p>The left-hander Wade was in good touch in this summer's Ashes series, which Australia retained. He amassed 337 runs in five Tests including 117 in the fifth Test at The Oval. <p></p> <p></p>Wade has scored over 1,400 runs at an average of 31.30 in 32 Tests while playing for Australia.