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Wade's move home to Tasmania confirmed

Matthew Wade was ruled out of the series opener with injury Getty Images

Matthew Wade's return home to Tasmania has been officially confirmed after he was named in the state's list of contracted players for 2017-18.

Wade, who has captained Victoria for the past four seasons, grew up in Tasmania and played a single game for the Tigers before moving to Melbourne at the age of 19 for greater opportunities. But Wade, who now has a young daughter, was keen to return to his home state for extra family support.

How much he turns out for Tasmania will depend on whether Wade remains Australia's preferred gloveman in all formats throughout the summer. He and fast bowler Jackson Bird are the only two Cricket Australia-contracted players in a squad that will hope for significant improvement under new coach Adam Griffith after finishing last on the Sheffield Shield table in the past two seasons.

Other additions to the list of full contracts include Nick Buchanan, Charlie Wakim and Tom Rogers, while Gabe Bell has been upgraded from a rookie deal. New rookies for this summer are Aaron Summers and Liam Devlin.

Tasmania squad George Bailey (captain), Gabe Bell, Jackson Bird (Cricket Australia contract), Cameron Boyce, Nick Buchanan, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Andrew Fekete, Jake Hancock, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, Andrew Perrin, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Jordan Silk, Matthew Wade (CA), Charlie Wakim, Beau Webster, Cameron Stevenson. Rookies Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith, Corey Murfet, Mac Wright, Aaron Summers, Liam Devlin.