Matthew Wade shoulders arms to get out: The Australian batsman’s error in judgement costed him his wicket in Perth.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Perth, Australia batsman Matthew Wade shouldered arms to New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee in a massive error in judgement.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 83rd over when Wade’s decision to leave an in-coming delivery costed him his wicket. With Southee bowling from around the wicket, the angle in addition to the ball coming in hit the top of Wade’s off-stump.
Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 75th over, Wade ended up scoring 12 (26) with the help of one four. Southee, who opened the bowling for the visitors, registered bowling figures of 20-4-53-1 at stumps on Day 1.
It was a 132-run partnership for the third wicket between Australia all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne and batsman Steven Smith which laid a solid foundation for Australia. With Wade not banking on the foundation, Australia finished the day at 248/4 in 90 overs.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the 14th over, Labuschagne continued his golden run on the back of his third Test century. At stumps, the right-handed batsman was batting on 110* (202) with the help of 14 fours and a six. With bowling figures of 22-4-52-2, New Zealand’s Neil Wagner was the pick of their bowlers on the first day.
Matthew Wade shoulders arms to get out
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 12, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
How long do we persist with Matthew Wade? Averaging 31.
— Rob (@Cpcc15) December 12, 2019
There is a reason Matthew Wade has been capped nearly 150 times in international cricket and averages under 30 in every format at the age of 31. He is not very good, fellas. You don’t magically improve at this age.
— #PuncturePETeachersWheels (@CricAussieFan) December 12, 2019
Matthew Wade bats @ 5 for Australia. He averages 31. #blessed
— Jarod Ⓜ️ Shawcross (@JarodShawry5) December 12, 2019
Could someone tell Matthew Wade what the bat is for. Absolute shocker of a decision to leave that ball has handed the momentum back to New Zealand. #AUSvNZ
— twice (@tomwisetas) December 12, 2019
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