It was at the end of the 17th over, with Australia chasing the target of 209, when the ball went into the air, but Wade tried to block Mark Wood’s path from taking a catch.
After the incident, England captain Jos Buttler appeared doubtful, but no appeal was made. No action was taken on the incident that happened at the Perth Stadium and thus led to a lot of controversy on social media.
WATCH: Matthew Wade prevents bowler from taking catch in AUS vs ENG
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However, Australia lost the match by 8 runs after falling short of the target of 209 runs. After opting to bat first, Australia had opted to bat first.
The English team had managed 132 runs for the opening wickets when Jos Buttler returned for 68 runs. Hales, however, continued to rise until Kane Richardson dismissed him in the 16th over.
When Australia came into bat, David Warner played a brilliant innings of 73 runs, which was then supported by 36 from Mitchell Marsh and 35 from Marcus Stoinis. However, the Australian team’s efforts were not enough to secure victory.
Jos Buttler – It was a great game
After winning the match, England captain Jos Buttler said: “It was a great game of cricket and I was delighted to get over the line. They played superbly and put us under pressure (in Australia) , it was important for us to take wickets, which is what Wood and Curran did. I was looking at the ball and I didn’t realize what exactly happened (about Wade’s possible obstruction).
“You’re never sure about that (on his return from a long lay-off), it was nice to have an early boundary and that settled things a bit. Alex (Hales) has a fantastic record in Australia ( playing in the BBL), Salt did well on his occasions, but we felt Alex was the man in charge in Australia and for the next World Cup,” he added.