Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has revealed how his wife Julia Barry saved his cricketing career from drowning. Wade recently made it to Australia’s T20I and ODI teams for the tour of South Africa, starting February 21. Wade played his last ODI way back in October 2017. The gloveman took part in his last T20I in September 2016.
However, his most significant comeback was in the Test side when he received a call up for the 2019 Ashes.
Things could’ve been different had he not played in Australia A’s tour of England last year.
It was during that time when his wife Julia was about to deliver second child. Julia was induced while being pregnant so that both parents were present for the birth in June.
Wade departed for the A tour and it paved the way for his comeback in the Australia Test side for the Ashes.
Matthew Wade Credits His Wife For Return to International Cricket:
“It was one split-second decision. If she hadn’t told me to get on that plane and go to England, I would have never played another game for Australia. And now 12 months later, I’m back in all formats,” Wade was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
He further went on to add that he would have been comfortable wherever he might have been at this point of time but a 10-minute conversation changed a lot of things for him.
“(If not for Julia) I probably would have spoken to the selectors and knocked it on the head, and who knows where I’d be now. And I would have been comfortable with that decision as well. It’s just amazing how big a role that 10-minute conversation has had in the next 12-month period,” the Hobart-born Wade said.
The Kangaroos will travel to the Proteas for a tour that consists of three T20Is and as many ODIs. The first game of the series will be played on February 21 at the Wanderers.