Hurricanes Signs Wade from Renegades on a Swap Deal with Webster
Matthew Wade’s fascinating battle with Tim Paine at Tasmania is all set to continue as Hobart Hurricanes have decided to keep both the wicket-keepers in their squad for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League. The Hurricanes have confirmed earlier today that they have traded allrounder Beau Webster to the Melbourne Renegades in a straight swap for Wade, who moved back to his native Tasmania after a decade in Victoria over the winter.
Tim Paine has been a top performer for the Hurricane side in the recent years; however, he could miss most of this season BBL after his selection in the Ashes Test squad.
Nick Cummins, the Chief Executive of Cricket Tasmania said Hobart was ecstatic to welcome Wade and suggested the Hurricanes would need a gloveman in vice-captain Paine’s likely absence.
“It’s terrific that we’ve been able to secure Matthew for the Hurricanes. 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 on 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,” Cummins said in a statement.
Renegades coach Andrew McDonald justified Wade’s decision as he has shifted his base back to his home on the Apple Isle.
“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,” he stated.
However, McDonald was glad after the signing of Webster as a replacement of Wade. Webster played five matches for the Hurricanes in BBL 06 and recently struck his maiden List A century while captaining the CA XI in the JLT One-Day Cup.
“Beau will provide a really good option for our squad. He’s an emerging player who has shown great promise throughout the early stages of his career and we’re excited about what he can achieve with the Renegades over the next few years. We have a great group of experienced players who I know will be keen to work with Beau in the seasons ahead,” he further added.
The Webster-Wade swap is just the third player-for-player swap in the BBL’s history, and Cricket Australia have confirmed it was the only deal completed with the trade period now finished. The final date for clubs to complete their 18-player squads for this season’s tournament is December 8.
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