Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade during the third day of the fourth Test with India in March.
Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade during the third day of the fourth Test with India in March. Tsering Topgyal

Matthew Wade heading back to Tassie

CRICKET: Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has confirmed his return to his home state of Tasmania.

But there's no guarantee he will jump ahead of Tim Paine as the Tigers' first-choice gloveman.

Wade moved to Victoria 10 years ago for more opportunity as he struggled to get a game ahead of Paine.

"We'll look at that," coach Adam Griffith said. "I still think Tim's one of the best glovemen in the country."

Wade may also face a challenge to keep the gloves at national level if selectors hand them over to batsman Peter Handscomb.

Griffith, who replaced the sacked Dan Marsh in April after a woeful one-win Sheffield Shield season, said Wade was returning for family reasons.

"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.

News Corp Australia


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