Australia news November 17, 2013

Wade suspended for pitch tampering

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria captain Matthew Wade has been suspended for one Sheffield Shield match for pitch tampering during his side's win over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval. Wade, who scored 119 during Victoria's first innings on Thursday and Friday was found guilty of breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour while batting, after the umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski reported him for "unfair play".

"While batting during Victoria's first innings, umpires determined that Wade had tampered with the pitch," Cricket Australia said in a statement. "Both umpires considered the change to the pitch, which resulted in the creation of a long valley within the protected area, had been created by means other than natural wear and tear."

Wade denied the charge and a full disciplinary hearing was held, led by Daryl Harper, the match referee and former Test umpire. Harper upheld the guilty verdict and Wade was penalised 50% of his match fee and received two suspension points, which will result in him missing Victoria's match against Western Australia in Perth starting on Friday.

However, Wade has the right to appeal the decision, which would have to be lodged within the next 48 hours. Tony Dodemaide, the chief executive of Cricket Victoria, said the state would review the finding against Wade before deciding on its course of action.

"We are currently reviewing the events in their entirety before deciding whether to lodge an appeal and will not comment further until that decision has been made," Dodemaide said.

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  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Ball Tampering, Pitch Tampering... What's next?

  • Sally on November 18, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Your stats are interesting Laurie, but it's not really comparing apples with apples is it. Paine had performed very well for Australia until injured - who knows what would have happened and what his stats could have been if he hadn't missed those crucial two years. My guess is he would have been our No. 1 keeper by now, and VC, as he was also highly regarded for his leadership qualities. Stats on the number of catches don't mean a lot either - a keeper can be in the field for days and not get any chances come their way. Not sure why Hartley doesn't seem to rate - is he Qld's Brad Hodge ? Wade only played because Haddin and Paine were unavailable and is not up to International standard, and at the moment is struggling to even be a State keeper. Poor attitude, big ego.

  • Izmi on November 18, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Though Haddin is not contributing anything much with the bat his excellent wicket keeping and experience counts a lot. Wade has been a disappointment with both bat and with the gloves . He has scored a century against Sri Lanka and has dropped several vital catches behind the stumps. Since Tim Payne was the number two wicket keeper before he sustained an injury and lost his place he should be given another chance. Hartley and Neville are two other wicket keeper options.

  • Gordon on November 18, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Big_Maxy_Walker I fully agree with you about Hartley. Hartley should be in the Test team right now even ahead of Brad Haddin who we have seen for a long time now just throws his wicket away way too often. The problem now is though Haddin is now Vice Captain like he was awhile ago which basically means he will never pretty much get dropped at all. I get sick of Australia playing players because of personal milestones such as a 50th Test Match yet doesn't even warrant to be in the team. If Australia lose this series to England because of Haddin who won't score enough runs at important times as we had seen over in England the same thing then I would be the first to say "I told you so" and it is good to see I am not the only one who thinks like this.

    Poor Hartley he has been pretty playing pretty well and his clearly the best Wicket Keeper at State level. I am a Victorian fan but if Wade isn't in the Test team I would be just as happy to see Hartley in the team. Reward form and merit.

  • Eddie on November 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Hartley is a keeper who can actually catch, doesn't throw his wicket away and often gets tough runs, is an excellent leader and has a mountain of experience. So way ahead of slogger/watch balls go past Haddin, can't catch Wade, and buggered fingers Paine

  • Per on November 18, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @Laurie Johnson No arguemnts here mate. I agree that of the crop of glovemen we have Wade may be ahead in the batting front. BUT! Traditionally an Aussie keeper wins matches by what he does in the feild. Catching the ball namely! Stumping as well! I lost count of the amount of catches & stumpings that wade has muffed in the last few series that he played. I would like to throw this out there. Catches win matches - not new I know, Dropping catches lose matches too. Especially to the spinners. Now Lyon isn't a huge turner. He hasn't got alot of variation, he's actually a very simplebowler learning his trade. But had there been a better gloveman behing the stumps to him he would be looking ALOT better than his medioacre figures suggest. When a bowler doesn't has confidence that the keeper behind the stumps is capable then it shows in his bowling!

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Amazing that Hartley is being described here as somebody whose batting is not consistently good enough, yet Paine is being described as a better keeper and a better batting option = compare their records: in FC cricket, Paine averages 32.10 with 1 century in 114 innings; Hartley averages 32.16, with 7 hundreds from 158 innings. And as for their keeping, Paine has 189 dismissals in 66 games compared to Hartley 432 dismissals in 96 games (these stats are swayed of course because Paine has not always been the keeper when playing). In any case, Wade edges both in his batting (avge 39.92) and shades Paine in keeping (255 dismissals in 71 matches). Putting stats to one side, just from watching all three closely over the past five years, Hartley is IMHO the better of the three as a keeper, but Wade is definitely a better keeper than Paine. Wade is by far the best of three with the bat.

  • damien on November 18, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    How short peoples memories are, Gilly was the best keeper/batsmen I have seen no doubt, but he did have problem's at times with his keeping. Haddin is not miles out in front purely as a keeper so why was he recalled at his age? The truth is not one keeper stand's out in Australia purely as a keeper IMO , Wade cops a lot of crap on here but he is without a doubt the best batmen among the keeper's that are going around at the moment ( you can agree or disagree with that statement but the inner sanctum has him way out in front, Boof was seriously considering playing him at 6 purely as a batsmen in England) Most of the keyboard heroes on here have no idea how hard it is to keep to spin, every keeper will make errors from time to time even Healy who was superb had his moments keeping to spin. Jeff Dujon was a very very good keeper and way underrated but he struggled at times and the mighty windies didn't even have a world class spinner that turned the ball a lot.

  • M on November 18, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @ azzaman333; can I say that I was hoping for anyone other than Haddin when Gilly left... I am not now nor ever have been a Haddin fan, but have watched with honest eyes and he has been very adept behind the stumps... I like Hartley but until we go back to thinking keepers runs are a bonus, he will struggle to command a position... he does make good contributiions regularly for Qld, just not BIG contributions regularly

  • Aaron on November 18, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @brisCricFan; Haddin isn't close to being the best gloveman in the country. He's no better than Wade, he's just got the significant advantage of being part of the NSW boys club. Purely on keeping, Hartley is far and away the best, but his problem is that his batting has never been consistent enough to get the attention of the selectors.

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