Matthew Wade has been fined for this dugout dummy-spit.
Matthew Wade has been fined for this dugout dummy-spit.

Wade charged over BBL final dummy spit

CRICKET Australia has compounded the pain on Hobart Hurricanes batsman Matthew Wade, hitting the axed Test star with a steep fine for his dummy spit in Sunday's BBL final.

Wade had a tough time in the final and let his emotions out on national TV when he smashed his bat against a chair in the Hurricanes' dugout late in the loss.

The 30-year-old was man of the match in the Hurricanes' stunning semi-final upset of the Perth Scorchers, opening the batting and smashing a brilliant 71 off 45 balls.

However he controversially slid down the batting order in the final to accommodate the return of Australia Twenty20 representative D'Arcy Short, eventually landing at No.6, arriving at the crease with the game all but over and Hobart needing 58 runs from 18 balls.

Making matters even worse, Wade didn't even get to face a ball.

He was run out for a rare diamond duck and scampering through for a quick single.

Clearly unimpressed, Wade slammed his bat into his seat in the dugout after he left the field, before quickly retreating to the team dressing room.

Wade was reported for breaching CA's code of conduct relating to abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match.

The level one offence was reviewed by the match referee, Peter Marshall, who handed down a $6000 fine, given it was Wade's second offence of the summer, having already been charged over his vociferous send-off of Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Tim Paine opened ahead of Matthew Wade.
Tim Paine opened ahead of Matthew Wade.

Wade contested the charge at a hearing with the match referee, where he denied the charge, but was found guilty and the fine was upheld.

"He didn't look too happy walking out and he's going to be less happy now," Test great Mark Waugh said during the coverage.

"It's unfortunate for Matty Wade. He just hasn't been able to get anything going, obviously coming in so late in the order. He's not going to be too happy at all."

The Hurricanes clarified the bizarre demotion, giving the explanation that it boiled down to a preference for left-hand/right-hand combinations.

"(It was) just a little bit about left-right (handers), there's a short boundary here," captain George Bailey said.

"(Tim Paine's) record at the top for us has been successful and we just thought about left-right.

"So if D'Arcy had been the first out, Wadey would have gone in and had that impact he has had in the last couple games in the first six.

"But D'Arcy batted well which meant we could try and use Wade at the back end to try and target the short boundary. But the damage was done by that stage."


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