Matthew Wade reveals Mark Wood incident has earned him ‘Dusty Martin’ nickname


Matthew Wade reveals Mark Wood incident has earned him ‘Dusty Martin’ nickname as Australia wicket-keeper insists he did NOT deliberately block England fast bowler in controversial coming together

Matthew Wade has revealed his controversial incident with Mark Wood has earned him the nickname ‘Dustin Martin’ and insisted he did not intend to deliberately push the England bowler out of the way.

Wade and Wood collided during the first T20 international between England and Australia in Perth earlier this month, when the Aussie wicket-keeper appeared to shove the fast bowler away. 

With the ball hovering above them following a top-edged pull, as he rushed to scramble back into the crease Wade cast a sideways glance to see where Wood was before bumping into him.

Matthew Wade got away with obstructing Wood to stop him taking a crucial wicket in Perth

The coming together prevented the English quick to take the catch and saw Wade earn a new moniker.

‘My Australia team-mates have given me a fair bit of stick since,’ he wrote in his BBC Sport column ahead of Australia’s debut in the T20 World Cup against New Zealand at the SCG on Saturday. 

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‘I copped it for a week and they kindly gave me a new nickname: “Dusty Martin” […] who is famous for what we call a “Don’t Argue”, where you put your palm in an opponent’s chest and push them away.’

Wade, however, insisted there was nothing premeditated about the incident and that he did not try to obstruct Wood.  

The Aussie wicket-keeper and the England fast bowler collided as Wade tried to scramble back into his crease after a top-edged pull

The Aussie wicket-keeper and the England fast bowler collided as Wade tried to scramble back into his crease after a top-edged pull

The incident earned Wade the nickname 'Dustin Martin' from his Australia teammates, as the Richmond star is famous for his 'Don't Argue' gesture

The incident earned Wade the nickname ‘Dustin Martin’ from his Australia teammates, as the Richmond star is famous for his ‘Don’t Argue’ gesture

But Wade insisted he didn't deliberately try to knock Wood off his stride by blocking him

But Wade insisted he didn’t deliberately try to knock Wood off his stride by blocking him

‘I want to make it clear it was not a conscious effort for me to push Woody and stop him from taking the catch.

‘I had no idea what happened until I got off the field of play and my team-mate Kane Richardson told me I pushed him [Wood]. […] If I felt I had made a deliberate effort to push him out of the way I would be disappointed with myself, but I don’t think I did that.’

Australia needed 39 runs off 22 balls to win and England captain Jos Buttler was given the chance to appeal under Law 37 – Obstructing the Field – which he surprisingly declined.

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Buttler’s extremely sporting act ultimately proved inconsequential as the tourists secured an eight-run victory.

Buttler admitted that he decided against the appeal at the risk of annoying Australia

Buttler admitted that he decided against the appeal at the risk of annoying Australia

The England captain subsequently admitted he decided against appealing because he risked riling up Aussie fans ahead of the World Cup.

‘I wasn’t sure what happened,’ he said. 

‘They asked if I wanted to appeal and I thought “We’re here for a long time in Australia, it would be a risky one to go for so early in the trip”.’ 

Wade, meanwhile, insists that had Buttler appealed he would have walked off the field.

‘Had England appealed, I would have walked off the ground – I have no arguments or denial,’ he said. 

Wade (left) was part of the Australia team that won the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year

Wade (left) was part of the Australia team that won the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year

‘I certainly didn’t make a conscious effort to push Wood out of the way.’

Australia are aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back T20 World Cups after beating New Zealand in the final last year and Wade believes confidence is building among the defending champions.

‘It feels like we are really starting to build towards this World Cup on home soil as a solid unit.

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‘Our eyes are firmly set on the next two or three games [against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England]. […] We want to be back at the MCG on 13 November for the final, making more history by becoming the first team to defend a Men’s T20 World Cup title.’

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