Sportsmanship in the game once again became a moot point in the cricket worlds as Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade blocked England’s Matthew Wade from catching the ball. It could prove quite fatal for England as Wade was taking the match away from the visitors with his explosive punch.
On Sunday, Australia faced England in the first T20I of the three-match series in Perth. Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and called England to bat first. However, the bowlers couldn’t support his decision because Joss Butler and Alex Hales had been berserk since the first delivery. The duo only 132 times added 68 deliveries to their first mini-portal.
Both hitters completed the fifties, and in the end, England managed a massive total of 208/6 on 20 hits. Chasing the total, Australia lost Cameron Green early. Meanwhile, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh were berserk and brought the hosts back into the match. However, they again lost the way in the middle and the responsibility for bringing Australia home fell on the shoulders of Matthew Wade.
Matthew Wade got away despite Mark Wood’s handicap from taking a catch
With 40 required runs in the last four rounds, Mark Wood came 17th out of the Australian innings. In the third delivery, Matthew Wade threw a short thrust into the air from his helmet. Wood came running for the ball but the Australian wicketkeeper blocked his way.
In the replay, it looked intended but England did not appeal against the wicket-keeper. In the end, England managed to win the match by eight runs.
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