Matthew Wade returns to Tasmania but will he wear the gloves?


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    Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s anticipated Tasmanian homecoming has been confirmed but there’s no guarantee he’ll be the Tigers’ first-choice gloveman.

    The 29-year-old spent the past decade playing for Victoria, after leaving the island state for more opportunities away from the shadow of fellow ‘keeper-batsman Tim Paine.

    Wade indicated earlier in the year he was keen to return home to Hobart and was on Thursday named in the Tigers’ list of contracted players for the 2017-18 season.

    But with Paine also in the squad, coach Adam Griffith said he was yet to settle on his first-choice wicketkeeper.

    “We’ll look at that,” he said when asked who had the front running.

    “I still think Tim’s one of the best glovemen in the country.”

    Griffith, who in April replaced the sacked Dan Marsh in the wake of a horror one-win Sheffield Shield campaign, said Wade’s decision was based around family.

    “He’s a Tasmanian boy at heart so I think he’s been looking forward to the opportunity to come home again and set his life up down here,” Griffith said.

    Wade joins paceman Jackson Bird as the only two nationally-contracted players in the Tasmanian squad.

    Griffith said his young squad would tap into the duo’s experience, when the pair aren’t away on national duty.

    Wade has trained in every pre-season session with the Tigers, which involved a gruelling hike across Tasmania.

    Veteran batsman George Bailey will again captain the squad, which includes five new faces — among them futures league player of the year Tom Rogers from the ACT.

    Spots in the Tigers’ top 11 are wide open ahead of the one-day competition in a little over a month, Griffith said.

    “Those guys that are taking wickets and making runs will get an opportunity,” he said.

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    • August 17th 2017 @ 4:14pm
      Damo said | August 17th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

      Surely if Wade doesn’t keep for Tassie he doesn’t play for Australia??? You might as well give the gloves to Handscomb and pick another bat.
      I can’t imagine Wade would go back to Tassie to be second choice keeper again.

    • August 17th 2017 @ 7:53pm
      Craig said | August 17th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

      It’s amazing that the Australian keeper is of such low standard that he’s not even a certainty to keep for his state, which has no amazing keeper in itself.

      • August 18th 2017 @ 8:11am
        jameswm said | August 18th 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

        How is it amazing? Who has ever said he is one of the 5 best glovemen in the country? Paine, Whiteman, Hartley, Carey etc…

        If Handscomb could keep pretty well and still bat at the same standard…now that would be nice. But I don’t think he’s done much keeping work. If he had, he could bat 6 and we could play Agar or Mitch Marsh at 7. Neither is a top 6 bat, but they would be fine at 7, esp with guys like Pattinson, Cummins and Starc to follow. And Patto isn’t far off being a test level no.7. That would be very aggressive selecting.

        5. Cartwright/Patterson/Head/Maxwell
        6. Handscomb
        7. Agar/Mitch Marsh/Pattinson
        8. Pattinson/Cummins
        9. Starc
        10. Hazlewood
        11. Lyon

        or if you wanted to bat deeper

        5. Cartwright/Patterson/Head
        6. Handscomb
        7. Maxwell
        8. Pattinson/Cummins
        9. Starc
        10. Hazlewood
        11. Lyon

        • August 18th 2017 @ 9:03am
          Mike Dugg said | August 18th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

          That’s if we can actually get Patto, Starc, Cummins in the team at the same time. Its nice to have fantasy XIs.

          • August 18th 2017 @ 11:49am
            jameswm said | August 18th 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

            Starc is unfit, but close. Ditto for Patto I think.

          • Roar Guru

            August 23rd 2017 @ 1:29pm
            JGK said | August 23rd 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

            That would only happen if Hazelwood was injured.

    • August 18th 2017 @ 7:27am
      Troy Merritt said | August 18th 2017 @ 7:27am | ! Report

      There’s not only Paine, but Dunk, Doran and McDermott as well. Tassie has a lot of wicketkeepers in the squad. Perhaps it’s a strategy. Deny the rest of the states a decent keeper and your batsmen won’t get caught behind as often.
      I’m happy for Wade he gets to return home, it’s tough being away from family for work reasons. I’m also happy for Maxwell, who won’t have to bat below him anymore.

      • Roar Guru

        August 18th 2017 @ 9:07am
        Ryan H said | August 18th 2017 @ 9:07am | ! Report

        Beat me to it Troy – interesting because Tas already have several keeping options in their squad, so while this benefits Wade, someone else mightn’t be as pleased! Surely Wade has to take the gloves in FC matches being the national keeper. I can see them including Wade and Doran in the Shield team, and possibly Dunk too. Doubtful on Paine and McDermott at this point

        • August 20th 2017 @ 1:09am
          Don Freo said | August 20th 2017 @ 1:09am | ! Report

          McDermott starred with the bat last year. He’ll play for sure.

      • August 20th 2017 @ 1:08am
        Don Freo said | August 20th 2017 @ 1:08am | ! Report

        …and Tom Triffitt (who is a “triffic” keeper).

    • Roar Guru

      August 18th 2017 @ 9:23am
      Rellum said | August 18th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Wade will keep because the NSP and Howard will tell Tassie he has to keep. I would love to see what Griffith would do if he was allowed to pick his team without interference from the Aus setup.

      • August 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm
        BurgyGreen said | August 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

        Yeah I think this is pretty likely.

        Considering the state of Tasmanian cricket Paine will likely play as a specialist batsman, probably in the top 3.

        • Roar Guru

          August 23rd 2017 @ 1:32pm
          JGK said | August 23rd 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

          Paine has one century in a 12 year first class career so far and you want him batting in your Top 3?

    • August 18th 2017 @ 10:49am
      The Fatman said | August 18th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

      The ACB will make Wade the keeper

      • August 20th 2017 @ 1:10am
        Don Freo said | August 20th 2017 @ 1:10am | ! Report

        This is the season Wade falls by the wayside.

        • August 23rd 2017 @ 1:30pm
          George said | August 23rd 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

          Fingers crossed.

    • August 18th 2017 @ 3:26pm
      Peter said | August 18th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

      Paine will be Wade’s backstop.

      • Roar Guru

        August 23rd 2017 @ 1:33pm
        JGK said | August 23rd 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report


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