While Matthew Wade’s struggle against spin is very much known to one and all thanks to his constant battles during Australia’s sojourn in the subcontinent this year, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s latest dismissal is bound to plant some seeds of doubts in his mind over his ability to play spinners. The incident happened during a One-Day game between Tasmania and Queensland when the Australia international was dismissed bizarrely off the bowling of leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson.
Chasing a daunting 340, Tasmania had their task cut out when their top three batsmen returned to the pavilion with only 34 runs on the board. However, veteran batsman George Bailey and Wade steadied the ship with a fifty-plus stand. But just when it looked the duo had got the measure of things, a moment of brain-fade from Wade when he decided to attack a bad delivery brought an end to the promising 66-run stand.
Swepson bowled one outside the leg stump, asking to be hit and Wade duly obliged. The Australia wicketkeeper sat on his knees to heave the ball to the leg side but somehow ended up making a proper contact the ball after hitting the back of his bat went bizarrely to the point fielder.
Here is a clip of that dismissal:
Wade’s wicket, nonetheless, turned out to be a turning point in the game as Tasmania kept on losing wickets at regular intervals before being eventually all out for 256 in the 49th over.