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Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade was fined $6,000 by Cricket Australia for abusing equipment during the Big Bash League (BBL) final against the Adelaide Strikers last Sunday.
Wade was run out for a diamond duck, meaning he faced no deliveries before being dismissed, and proceeded to slam his bat into the Hurricanes’ dugout before going to the dressing room.
The 30-year-old contested the charge, but match referee Peter Marshall decided to uphold the $6,000 fine.
The Hurricanes lost the final and it subsequently led to the Strikers clinching their first-ever BBL title.
Wade had opened the batting for the Hurricanes in their semi-final win over the Perth Scorchers, who were the defending champions, and was named Man of the Match for his sensational 45-ball 71, which included 10 boundaries and a six.
However, in the final, Wade was demoted to No.6. Explaining the decision to drop Wade down the order, Hurricanes captain George Bailey was quoted by foxsports.com.au as saying: “(It was) just a little bit about left-right (handers), there’s a short boundary here.
“(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.”