Matthew Wade talks of cancer battle and urges ‘grow a Mo’

Victoria captain and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has again spoken of his battle with testicular cancer in a bid to encourage the men of Australia to embrace the spirit of Movember and grow a Mo.

The Hobart-born gloveman, now aged 25, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16 having discovered he had swollen testicles following a nasty knock in the groin whilst playing AFL footy. Cricket-ball-206s64q

“When I first got diagnosed with testicular cancer, I was 16 years of age,” Wade, also a powerful left-handed batsman, told Cricket Australia TV. “I was living at home with my two sisters and my mum and dad. I was playing a lot of football and cricket.

“I first noticed my testicles a little bit swollen. I spoke to my parents, and my mother suggested I go to the local doctor. They had a look and realised it was a little bit more serious. I got all the scans done and got diagnosed with a tumor on my left testicle.

“I was a really healthy, fit kid, so to go in and find I had testicular cancer was a shock to me. The loss of hair and the illness was the toughest for me, but I think my family and friends suffered most to sit back and watch me go through that.

“Getting diagnosed with testicular cancer changed my life massively. As a young kid, I was really into sport and driven to do as well as I could. The two or three years after that, I really enjoyed the little things in life.

“I enjoy every second I get to spend with my family and friends go out and play cricket in front of big crowds. Things can go bad, but they can never probably be as bad as they were then.”

Wade moved to Melbourne for a career with the Bushrangers at 19 in a bid for regular first-team cricket, and is in his first year as captain of the MCG based state.

They are in with a chance of qualifying for the Ryobi Cup final, and face an Elimination Final (semi-final) against New South Wales in Sydney later this week. Then comes the start of the Sheffield Shield campaign and Wade’s bid to grow a moustache.

“I’m not a clean shave kind of guy. But at the start of November, I do clean shave with a razor and then let it go from there. I can’t grow the greatest Mo, it will just be a standard Mo for me,” he added.

“I would encourage all men of Australia to get involved. Grab your best mate and start growing your Mo at the start of November. You can register at I would enourage everyone to get involved.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
As the editor of World Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
He is also the presenter of the Cricket Badger Radio Show on Radio Yorkshire every Tuesday evening between 7-9pm UK time.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author, a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications and a complete cricket badger!

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