London:Australian international wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will join the Birmingham Bears for the final six matches of the Twenty20 Blast series, the club announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is currently out in the West Indies where Australia are playing in a tri-nations series but at the English county he will replace Luke Ronchi, who is to join up with New Zealand for their tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa. “Matthew is an ideal replacement for Luke and a great addition to the squad who will provide power to the middle-order as well as being a top-class gloveman,” said the Bear’s director of cricket Dougie Brown. Wade, who has represented Australia in Test, one day internationals and Twenty20 cricket, is slated to make his first appearance for the team on July 8. Matthew Wade confident of excelling in ODIs
Australian wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade who is also a part of the ODI squad touring West Indies, is eager to do well for his side, especially with the bat. With the ongoing tri-series in West Indies going on, Wade is the only wickekeeper batsman for Australia, and is certain to play all of their matches in the series, even the final, if Australia make it till there. Wade feels, that he has hit in him to win matches for his side in the ODI format, but believes Peter Nevill is a better keeper’ than him. Wade although will be certain to make his mark in the ongoing ODI tr-series whihc also features South Africa, so that his chances of being selected for the tour of Sri Lanka are high.
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