Hobart Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade has thrown his support behind the decision to grant Tasmania its first ever Ashes Test.
The long-awaited decision became official on Saturday as Cricket Australia and the state government confirmed the venue for the final Ashes Test of the summer after it was taken away from Western Australia.
Speaking after the Hurricanes' triumph over Sydney Sixers, Wade said landing the potential Ashes decider was a boost for the state.
"Just really happy for the Tasmanian people that they can go and watch an Ashes Test match," Wade said.
"To get a big match like this in the fifth Test of the Ashes is a step in the right direction for the Tassie people, they're passionate about their sport and just great to see them get the reward to go and watch."
After performing as a makeshift opener and middle-order batter for the Test side last summer in the absence of David Warner, Wade lost his spot with the likes of Cameron Green and first Test Ashes centurion Travis Head preferred this season.
While Wade will likely not suit up for Australia in the historic event, he praised the direction of sport in Tasmania as the state looks to get an AFL side locked from the AFL.
"Really good signs for what Tassie are trying to achieve in sport down there, there's no secret we'd love to get our own AFL team [as well]," Wade added.
"The Tassie people have been fighting hard to get big sporting events down there for a long period of time, it's a real big step in the right direction."
There have been questions raised about Hobart's crowd numbers after previous Test matches received differing attendance levels.
Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dominic Baker said that crowd figures needed to be "disregarded" given the nature of the Ashes event in contrast to Test nations.
Wade implored Tasmanians to embrace the Hobart Test and turn up in their droves for the final Ashes fixture.
"We need the people to show [up] and show how big it is and turn up to the game and hopefully we can make a really good spectacle of the last Test," he said.
A veteran of the Tasmanian state side since moving back from Victoria, Wade was unsure how Bellerive would fare under lights for the state's first ever day-night Test.
READ MORE: JackJumpers seek new plan of attack in NBL
The Tigers have played a few day-night Sheffield Shield fixtures at Bellerive, including against Victoria in 2014 as a precursor to the format's debut at international level between Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
"I am not 100 per cent sure to be honest, I haven't played a pink ball game down there, they've played a few though, might get a little bit chilly we all know it gets a bit cold down there," he said.
"Whether that plays a factor with the swing I am not 100 per cent sure."
The fifth Test is scheduled from January 14-18.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.