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Somerset sign Matthew Wade

Somerset County Cricket Club can today reveal, that we have signed Australian International batsman Matthew Wade.

The 31-year-old will be available for the Club’s opening seven County Championship fixtures of the season, beginning with the opening match of the campaign against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in April, subject to the Club obtaining the No Objection Certificate and the appropriate visa.

Matthew has featured in 29 Tests, scoring over 1300 runs at an average of 31.45 with a highest score of 117. His First Class record is outstanding and he has scored nearly 8000 runs in his 145 games at an average of 41.25 with a top score of 152.

He has represented his country on 149 occasions across the three formats, scoring over 3300 runs, taking 189 catches and claiming 22 stumpings.

Matthew was in particularly fine form in this summer’s Ashes series as Australia retained the famous urn. One of only five players to feature in all five Tests for the visitors, he scored 337 runs including 117 in the fifth Test at the KIA Oval.

After securing the signing Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “When you’re signing an overseas player, there are a number of criteria that you need to think about. You want your overseas to be a world class performer, but you also need to look at what they will bring off the field. You want someone who is a leader on the pitch and someone who buys in to the Club ethos. Matthew Wade will tick every single box.

“He is a world class performer, he is extremely driven and he is a leader. He has vast experience and has captained Tasmania as well as leading Victoria to two Sheffield Shields.

“He was outstanding for Australia this summer with the bat and his record speaks for itself. We are delighted to have secured a player of his calibre for our opening seven County Championship matches of 2020.”

After agreeing to join Somerset, Matthew said: “It’s an exciting challenge and one that I’m looking forward to. I got a good taste of English conditions last summer and it’ll be good to come back over and to hopefully contribute to Somerset winning matches in the County Championship.

“Somerset have got a excellent squad and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the guys and to getting out on the pitch with them.

“I’m told that Somerset have a bit of a history of Australian players doing well for the Club, so hopefully I can add my name to that list.”

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