Australian wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade comes as one of the most dynamic cricketers from Australia and an inspiration of sorts for many. The Tasmania born cricketer suffered a major setback at a tender age of 16 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. However, he defied all odds to recover the deadly disease and went on to represent his native state Tasmania both in cricket and underage football for his team Tassie Mariners.
Matthew Wade forayed into the world of cricket despite having a strong family background in football. Wade started his career as a cricketer by representing Australia in 2006 Under-19 World Cup and made most of the opportunities provided to him in Tests and limited over game since his debut.
Matthew Wade has been noted for his brilliant wicket-keeping skills with many critics hailing him for being in the same league as former wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist due to his batting abilities. Wade made his international debut in the shortest format of the game in 2011 against South Africa and since then he kept taking strides in ODI and Test cricket as well.
He made his test debut on 7th April against the West Indies and earned his ODI cap against India in earlier in the same year. Wade has taken a fancy for playing exceptionally well against India with one man-of- the-match award in each format (ODI and T20) registered against the same opposition. Seen by many as composed figure on the field, Matthew Wade proved his mettle as Test cricket player when he scored a defiant 106 against West Indies playing only his third test in 2012 at Windsor Park, Dominica.
The knock played for the eventually won test match also earned him his first man-of-the match award in the longest format of the game. To date, Wade has two Tests and one ODI century under his belt. His swashbuckling innings of 72 runs coming off just 43 balls in a T20 match against India is regarded as his best show of talent and big hitting abilities.
Wade’s family members have been strongly associated with the game of football over two generations. While his grandfather Michael Wade was the President of Hobart Football Club, his father Scott Wade was and Australian Rules footballer who played two prestigious leagues namely Victorian football league and Tasmanian Football League. His cousin Jeremy Howe is a noted footballer of Collingwood Football Club.
In 2013, Matthew Wade married his long time girlfriend Julia Barry. The couple is blessed with a daughter named Winter Wade. Whether or not he has a sibling remains largely unknown.
Matthew Wade’s hobbies centers on his love for sports as he enjoys playing golf in his past time. He also has a liking for going fishing and is known to consume alcohol. The fact that he has affinity toward dogs is known to all. As a matter of fact, he has two dogs pedigreed by him. Apart from Cricket, Wade chooses Golf and Basketball as his favorites. One may be taken aback by the fact that he is color blind! Sports goods manufacturing company New Balance is his current playing gear sponsor.
Matthew Wade Net Worth
The total net worth of Matthew Wade stands at $3.5 million US dollars in 2017 owing to a busy schedule in the current cricket calendar year. This is a major leap for the prolific wicket-keeper batsman and right arm medium fast bowler given his net worth was around 1.3 million in 2012. Major highlights of his net worth rise include:
• A contract worth $100,000 with the IPL team Delhi Daredevils in 2011.
• Big Bash League earnings worth at least $1 million.
• Prior to joining the BBL team Melbourne Renegades, he rendered his all-rounder service to Melbourne Stars thereby fetching a salary cap of $68,400.
• A place in the list top 50 earners in Australia’s sports fraternity.
In his sporadic international career, Wade has courted few controversies that garnered him unwanted attention. During an ODI against South Africa, he elbowed Proteas’ spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi while taking a run.
The on-field umpire had to intervene and both players charged with article 2.1.1 of ICC code of conduct which is labeled for contrary conduct charge. He was once again at the center of public and media attention, this time in a feud with his teammate Glenn Maxwell. Wade was apparently criticized by Maxwell that was described as “disrespectful comments” after he raised his objections over Wade batting up the order than Maxwell.
The entire Australian cricketing community including spin legend Shane Warne expressed his disappointed and stated that the entire affair should not have gone public. Maxwell was slapped with an undisclosed fine while Wade remained unscathed.