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Wade right at home for Hobart Test
Greg Buckle
17:47 AEST Wed Dec 12 2012

Matthew Wade has trouble remembering when he left Tasmania to try to break into first-class cricket in Victoria, but he knows it feels like home whenever he's back in Hobart.

Wade made his Test debut in the West Indies in April 2012 and his seventh Test starting on Friday will be he first in Hobart, the city of his birth.

"It does feel a little like a home Test," the 24-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said on Wednesday.

"Especially in terms of getting enough tickets for everyone.

"So it feels like a home Test that way. It's nice to come home."

Wade says he thinks he left Tasmania in 2005. He made his first-class debut for the Bushrangers in October 2007.

"I can't remember off the top of my head but it feels like a long, long time ago. But I love coming back home," he said.

"For me it's where I grew up and it does feel like home to me. My cricketing life is in Melbourne."

Wade admits his wicketkeeping and batting form were mixed during last month's three-Test series against South Africa, although his fighting knock of 68 after coming in at 6-45 in Australia's first innings of the third Test in Perth was a highlight.

He describes the man he replaced in the side, NSW gloveman Brad Haddin, as a world-class player who's still in top form.

"Hadds is playing really nicely and he was always going to," Wade said.

"I'm happy for him and hopefully he'll continue his good form."

Wade, whose father played for AFL club Hawthorn, is aware that the chance to play sport at the top level can come and go quickly.

"Every time you walk out onto the ground for Australia you've got to live that moment. Every time could be your last," he said.

"There's so many good keepers in Australia."

Amid speculation the green-looking Hobart pitch may favour the seamers and produce low scores, Wade is confident he can provide another counter-punching innings if required.

"For some reason I get stuck in at those times," he said.

Wade says his Victoria teammates Dave Hussey and Cameron White lead the way in taking the attack to the opposition in tough situations.

"So that probably comes out a little bit in my game and then my background of being from Tasmania and the way I played here, I probably used to knuckle down and fight a little bit more and fight pretty hard," Wade said.


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