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Wade appointed Victorian skipper

The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers have today announced that Matthew Wade will captain Victoria for the 2013-14 season.

The 25-year-old succeeds Cameron White in the position, who has held the one-day role since 2003-04 and took charge of the Sheffield Shield team the following season.

Wade, who has been identified as a future Australian leader, will be supported by a five-man leadership group for the up-coming summer.

The Australian gloveman said he was privileged to be appointed Victorian captain.

"It's a great opportunity for me, but most importantly a really big honour to take the captaincy over from Cameron and keep this team moving forward," Wade said.

"Victoria's got an unbelievable history...we want to keep our history and our tradition going forward and we want to get better and better each year.

"(Cameron's) going to be a leader around the team no matter what, it doesn't matter if he's got a (leadership) tag.

"As a team going forward we need him, and as a captain, I need him to really lead from the front."  

White became the youngest ever player to captain Victoria in its 152-year history when he was appointed skipper of the one-day side in 2003-04 and has since gone on to re-write the record books.
In total, White captained Victoria in 159 domestic fixtures across the three formats of the game, with an overall winning percentage of 54.71%.

The 30-year-old, who will continue to play for the Bushrangers, said it had been an honour to captain Victoria.

"It has been a great honour to have led the state over the last decade," White said. 

"To have been entrusted with such responsibility so early in my career was extremely daunting, but I know I have never deviated from my commitment to the team and we have achieved much over that period.

"There is always a degree of disappointment that accompanies decisions such as these, but moving on, I congratulate Matthew on his appointment and commit my total support to him and my teammates.

"I would also like to thank my coaches, in particular David Hookes and Greg Shipperd, for the faith they showed in me initially and the continued support they provided.

"I now look forward to the season ahead and a continued contribution to Victorian cricket."


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