Wade batters rapid ton to bolster WC ambitions
STILL holding onto hopes of playing white ball cricket for Australia again, Matthew Wade has started his season with a bang for Tasmania, battering the first century of this year's One-Day Cup.
Facing his old side Victoria, Wade raced past 50 in just 24 balls and took just 65 balls to bring up his hundred.
Fox Cricket statistician Lawrie Colliver revealed it was the fastest by a Tasmanian in domestic one-day cricket - from available records - beating Dan Marsh's 81-ball effort in 2001-02.
The former Test keeper brought up his century with a clip to third man off the bowling of Will Sutherland in the 21st over, but it was Chris Tremain who he targeted all match.
The 30-year-old moved into the 90s with back-to-back sixes off Tremain and signalled his intentions early, picking up four boundaries - three fours, one six - off Tremain in the third over and three - two fours and a six - in the fifth.
Wade fell LBW to Jackson Coleman in the 24th over for 117 off 74 balls, ending his innings with six sixes and 11 fours to his name.
Heading into the summer, Wade said he was still holding onto hopes of making Australia's squad for the 2019 World Cup and Wednesday's innings won't have hurt.
"I still have the ambition to play white-ball cricket for Australia," he told cricket.com.au.
"With the World Cup just around the corner I don't feel that anyone's cemented their spots since I went out of the team 12 months ago in white-ball cricket.
"I feel like if I'm given the opportunity again, if things fall into place close to the World Cup I can still play in that for sure."
He certainly did his hopes no harm on Wednesday.