Wade waves by to red-ball cricket

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AFP, Sydney :
Former Australian Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has called time on the red-ball game, but will continue playing cricket’s shorter formats.

The 36-year-old made the announcement late Friday ahead of the Sheffield Shield final next week where his native Tasmania meet Western Australia in what will be his 166th and last first-class match.

“There certainly isn’t (an element of) ‘I’m not playing well enough or I don’t feel I can contribute enough’,” he said.

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“It’s more the younger players have managed to shove me out the door.”

Wade, who played 36 Tests as both a wicketkeeper and specialist batter between 2012 and 2021, will continue to be available for one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

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