Jos Buttler reveals why England didn’t appeal for Matthew Wade to be out for obstruction

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  • Matthew Wade survived a scare in the 17th over of Australia's run-chase.

  • He could have been dismissed for obstructing the field against England.

Jos Buttler reveals why England didn’t appeal for Matthew Wade to be out for obstruction
Jos Buttler, Matthew Wade, Mark Wood (Photo Source: Twitter)

During a high scoring encounter in Perth, Australia failed to chase down England’s 208-6 and slipped 1-0 down in the three-match T20I series. Wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade seemed to be blocking Mark Wood as the bowler tried to take a return catch after the southpaw top-edged a delivery onto his helmet.

Wood and Jos Buttler, who was behind the stumps, immediately turned to the umpires in frustration, but play resumed after Wade consulted medical staff for the blow on his head.

Several cricket experts argued that Wade was guilty of obstructing the field.

After the match, England skipper Buttler spoke on the Wade-Wood incident and said: “I wasn’t sure what happened. They asked if I wanted to appeal, and I thought, ‘We’re here for a long time in Australia. I would be a risky one to go for so early in the trip.”

This incident has once again brought up the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ debate to the fore. This time around, the Indian cricket fraternity questioned England and Buttler for not appealing against Wade.

In 2015, when Ben Stokes was given out for obstructing the field, Wade was one of the first players to make an appeal. And the then Australia captain Steve Smith later said: “Wadey had a good view of it behind the stumps. He said straight away that he thought the ball was missing stokessy and it was going to hit the stumps. So he appealed and we went upstairs and the umpire gave it out.”

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