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Hobart Hurricanes secure Matthew Wade after trading Beau Webster

Matthew Wade will be part of the Tasmanian side
Matthew Wade will be part of the Tasmanian side

Hobart Hurricanes have managed to obtain the service of wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League season.

The move follows after the Hurricanes traded all-rounder Beau Webster to Melbourne Renegades in a straight swap for Wade, who moved to his native Tasmania from Victoria at the start of the domestic season.

This will also mean Wade will join Tim Paine in the Tasmania based franchise after losing his Australian Test spot to the latter ahead of the ongoing Ashes series.

Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins was delighted with the news and insisted that Wade will be a perfect back-up to Paine, who is currently with the Australian squad.

"It’s terrific that we’ve been able to secure Matthew for the Hurricanes," Cummins said in a statement.

"He’s obviously part of the Tasmanian Tigers program this season as well so it’s great that he will be playing his cricket in Tasmania full time.

"With Tim being in the national side we’re obviously in need of a wicketkeeper, so when the opportunity to secure Matt’s services came up we were keen to pursue that."

Meanwhile, Melbourne Renegades coach Andrew McDonald believes it was sensible for Wade to move to the Hurricanes considering his switch to Tasmania earlier in the season.

"Matt obviously chose to move back to Tasmania during the off-season for his state cricket and it makes sense that he’ll continue that journey through the BBL as well.

"We’d like to thank Matt for his contribution to the Renegades and wish he and his family well."

Hobart Hurricanes will face Melbourne Renegades in the opening game of the tournament on 21st December at Bellerive Oval.

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