Wade Reveals Playing Final vs New Zealand with a Grade 2 Side Strain

Matthew Wade played a remarkable inning in the 2021 T20 World Championship semifinals that will be remembered for a long time. Hitting in 7th place, the Australian wicketkeeper batsman smoked three back-to-back sixes that knocked Pakistan out of the tournament. He returned undefeated with 41 of just 17 deliveries as the Aussies advanced to the final with a five-wicket win.

Days after Australia’s first T20 World Cup triumph, Wade announced that he had played the high-octane final against New Zealand on November 14th with a Class 2 side load.

As reported by cricket.com.au, the 33-year-old suffered the injury in training the day before the last duel in Dubai. He was taken out for the scans that showed a second grade exposure. Wade said he was concerned about being left out, which would have made an international debut for Josh Inglis.

“I was certainly a little worried the night before the game,” said Wade.

“If I had woken up and couldn’t swing the club, I wouldn’t have played. I was worried that if we hit first and I had to go as hard as I could and then yank, I wouldn’t be able to hold and that would hurt the team a lot.

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“But in my opinion they should have strapped me to the bed. I always wanted to go out and play. But I wouldn’t have played if there had been an opportunity to harm the team. I hit a few balls and bluffed my way before the game. Then they made me hit a few more, but I kept going and it felt pretty good, ”he added.

The report also quoted all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who explained how Wade tried to hide his injury during the training session.

“The way he gently slapped his armpits (while he was warming up) … I said, ‘What’s going on here? Hit the ball harder! ‘”Said Maxwell. “And he said, ‘I have a side burden’. I didn’t even know. “

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Wade has now lost his place in the upcoming Ashes Down Under due to the injury and will focus on next year’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia.

“That will be my next motivation – hopefully to the World Cup, defend the title and then I can sail into the sunset. Beyond this point, I will certainly not play (international cricket) anymore. That would be my goal from here, ”said Wade.

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