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Birmingham Bears signs Matthew Wade

Birmingham have signed Australian wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade for the final six group games of their NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

Wade replaces New Zealand's Luke Ronchi who was called-up for the tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Wade is an experienced T20 player having enjoyed a stint in the IPL as well as the Big Bash.

He is currently in the Australian team engaged in the tri-series ODI tournament in the Caribbean. He has played 12 Tests, 65 ODIs and 25 T20Is.

Wade will make his Birmingham debut at Yorkshire on July 8.

Confirming the story , Dougie Brown, the director of cricket at Warwickshire, said - 



Matthew is an ideal replacement for Luke and a great addition to the squad who will provide power to the middle-order as well as being a top class gloveman.



Birmingham are currently fourth in the North Group of the NatWest Blast table, with two wins, a loss and a no result in their first four games.

Warwickshire have also announced the release of two young batmen, Freddie Coleman and Jonathon Webb. Both will remain on the staff until the end of the season, but be given every opportunity to find another county or alternative work if appropriate. 


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