‘That looked awful’: Wade admits mistake in collision with Wood

Wade and Wood collide trying to catch and throw

Matthew Wade admits he was wrong in his controversial showdown with Mark Wood last week and suggested he would have run off without complaint had he been released.

England captain Jos Buttler did not appeal after Wade made contact with Wood during a T20I in Perth, which prevented the bowler from achieving a catch or run-out in an incident the Australian wicketkeeper admitted looked “horrible” after seeing reruns.

Mitch Marsh jokingly referred to him as ‘old Dusty Martin’ in reference to the Australian footballer who was famous for his one-armed defence. Wade, incidentally, was a promising junior footballer who grew up in Hobart.

The 34-year-old explained that he was dazed by the blow (he had put the Wood bouncer in his helmet before his arm made contact with him), but insisted he had no conscious intention of stopping the discharge.

“That looked awful when I saw it after the game,” Wade told cricket.com.au’s The Unplayable Podcast ahead of the Australian T20 World Cup title defense. “It was one of those things that happened so quickly.

“I think Kane Richardson said to me when I got off the ground, ‘You actually pushed him.’ I thought, ‘No, I didn’t.’ And then I saw the replay and I was like, ‘Well, Yes I did that’.

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“(Wood bowling at) 150 (kph), pretty crowd – didn’t know if I hit it at first. It hit me hard on the head, it kinda rang my bell, (I) went running down wicket, Davey ( Warner) sent me back, I turned and saw Dot run in.

“Then I wasn’t sure if I was going to run out or where the ball was. It all just literally happened like that. And the next minute I was lying on the floor, looking up and the ball was like it came down.

“So yeah, it didn’t look great.”

Both Buttler, who had converged on the ball from his wicketkeeper position, and Wood seemed distressed at the time, but neither appealed, with Buttler later saying he’d been unseen and didn’t want to create controversy.

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“I had my eyes on the ball the whole time so I didn’t really see what was happening,” the England skipper told reporters. “We’ve only just arrived in Australia, so I thought, just keep playing.”

There has never been an Australian to disturb the field and only 11 batters have gone out that way in the history of international men’s cricket.

Wade, who was behind stumps when Ben Stokes was controversially handed out that way in 2015, said he wouldn’t have protested if he had been handed out.

“If I had consciously thought of doing it, I would have regretted doing it,” he continued.

“But at that point there’s just so much going on and you get hit in the head as the dude bends 150ks at you – things move fast.

“Looking back now, I can see that all these things happened. It was chaos out there.

“If they had appealed and I saw it on the replay, so be it, I would have taken off. There was not much I could do about it.”

Men’s T20 World Cup 2022

Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Match schedule T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia

Oct 17: warm-up game against India, Gabba, 3:00 PM AEDT

Oct 22: v New Zealand, SCG, 6:00 PM AEDT

Oct 25: v 1A, Optus Stadium, 10pm AEDT

Oct 28: v England, MCG, 7:00 PM AEDT

Oct 31: v 2B, Gabba, 7:00 PM AEDT

Nov 4 v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, 7:00 PM AEDT

Click here for a full 2022 T20 World Cup match

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