Matthew Wade Receives Suspension For Swearing During A BBL Match
By CricShots - Dec 24, 2022 1:25 pm
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Australia’s former Test skipper, Tim Paine will be making a comeback to the Big Bash League (BBL) after Hobart Hurricanes named him as a replacement for Matthew Wade for Saturday’s fixture against Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. It will mark wicket-keeper batter Paine’s BBL comeback in almost five years.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade receives a suspension for a match in BBL

The development came after Hobart Hurricanes skipper, Matthew Wade, who is also the team’s wicketkeeper, received a suspension for a game for breaching a Code of Conduct for the second time in a couple of years. In a statement, Hobart Hurricanes said, Wade “incurred one suspension point after incurring three Level 1 Code of Conduct breaches within 18 months”.

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The 34-year-old Tasmanian man was charged with “two instances of an audible obscenity” as well as “one instance of abuse of cricket equipment”. Earlier this month, Matthew Wade faced criticism for yelling “bowled” just before Faf du Plessis, the Perth Scorchers batter, played a shot. It resulted in the dismissal of the former South Africa captain. An annoyed Du Plessis gave a death stare to Wade in anger, as the latter burst into a celebration with his teammates. 

Wade’s suspension has opened up an opportunity for former Australian captain Tim Paine to make a comeback into the squad. The Hurricanes roped in Paine for the match despite the presence of top-order batter Ben McDermott, who seems the main contender to both take the gloves and the captaincy in Wade’s absence.

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Time Paine last played for the Hurricanes on February 4, 2018, against Adelaide Strikers. The 38-year-old had stepped down as Australia’s Test skipper after the Brisbane Test against India in January 2021 as he was in the middle of a sex tape scandal.