The sportsmanship in the game once again became a talking point in the cricketing realms as Australian wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade obstructed the English pacer Matthew Wade from taking a catch. It could be very fatal for England as Wade was taking the game away from the visitors with his explosive batting.
On Sunday, Australia were up against England in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Perth. The Aussie skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and invited England to bat first. However, his bowlers could not back his decision as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales went berserk from the very first delivery. The duo added 132 runs off just 68 deliveries for the first wicket.
Both batters completed their respective fifties and in the end, England managed to post a massive total of 208/6 in 20 overs. Chasing the total, Australia lost Cameron Green early. Meanwhile, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh went berserk and brought the hosts back into the game. However, they once again lost the way in the middle and the responsibility to take Australia home fell on Matthew Wade’s shoulders.
Matthew Wade got away despite obstructing Mark Wood from taking a catch
With 40 runs required in the last four overs, Mark Wood came to bowl the 17th over of Australia’s innings. On the 3rd delivery, Matthew Wade lobbed a short delivery in the air off his helmet. Wood came charging in towards the ball but the Aussie wicketkeeper blocked his way.
In replays, it looked intentional but England did not appeal against the wicketkeeper. In the end, England managed to win the game by 8 runs.
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The fans were not happy with Matthew Wade and bashed him on Twitter and labelled him a cheat.
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