Matthew Wade was an important part of Australia’s victory in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. His squad benefited from the energy he provided in the lower middle order. On Thursday, he did confirm that he could retire after the 2022 T20 World Cup.
The Tasmanian emerged Australia’s star after hitting an incredible 41 off only 17 balls in the semi-final versus Pakistan, ensuring his team’s success. It was absolute excitement as the wicketkeeper-batsman hit 3 sixes off Shaheen Afridi to secure Australia’s spot in the final.
After his outstanding performance in the just-finished ICC T20 World Cup 2021, he was not selected for the Ashes team. The selectors chose Alex Carey, a brilliant wicketkeeper-batter, instead of him. As a result, Wade’s current ambition is to win his T20 World Cup victory at home.
I certainly won’t be playing international cricket beyond that point: Wade
The wicketkeeper remarked at his impending retirement. He stated that he may quit from international cricket after the next T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia in 2022. “That’ll be my next motivation – hopefully, get to that World Cup, defend the title, and then I can sail off into the sunset,” said Wade.
“I certainly won’t be playing (international cricket) beyond that point. That would be my goal from here,” he said. This implies that the Next T20 World Cup may be the final, as the Australian cricket fans witness the 33-year-old in an Australian outfit.
The Hobart Hurricanes captain also disclosed that he performed the final versus New Zealand despite suffering from a grade 2 side discomfort during practice prior to the premier contest. The Australian captain, Aaron Finch, stated that there was some concern about the wicketkeeper missing the final.
“I was a little bit worried the night before the game, for sure. If I had have woken up and I couldn’t swing the bat, I wouldn’t have played.”I was worried that if we’d batted first and I had to go as hard as I could and I tore it then, I wouldn’t be able to keep and that would hurt the team a lot,” Matthew Wade said.
“There was always a little bit of fear (of Wade missing the final). The doctor forced him into a scan. He didn’t want to know the result, but I knew … and being a grade two tear in his side, it was going to be tough,” said Finch.