Hobart Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade has apologised to Perth Scorchers batter Faf du Plessis for his cheeky comment behind the stumps that distracted du Plessis. This incident happened when both sides clashed with each other during their clash at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston on Monday, December 19.
Wade said that he had no idea about how early he had yelled ‘bowled’, which ended up annoying Faf as his valiant knock was cut short in a bizarre manner.
“I think he was disappointed. I called ‘bowled’ maybe a little bit early. I don’t know how early it was, but I think that’s why he was annoyed… apologies Faf,” Wade said while speaking to Channel 7.
Here’s the video of the incident taking place:
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Faf du Plessis opened the innings with a quickfire 32 runs off 16 deliveries at an exceptional strike rate of exactly 200, along with three fours and three sixes. He looked in excellent form.
The veteran Proteas batsman’s stellar cameo was abruptly put to an end, though, when he was dismissed by left-arm spinner Patrick Dooley in the fourth over. However, before returning to the bench, Faf and Adam Lyth had already combined 44 runs for the first wicket.
Matthew Wade could be heard saying “bowled” from behind the stumps as Faf made an effort to heave the spinner through the off-side by clearing some space. As a result of the batter’s lack of focus, the ball finally dismissed him.
Faf noticed Wade as he was celebrating in ecstasy and thought he should say something to the keeper as he was returning to the dugout. However, there was no verbal interaction, and the batter carried on walking. The Scorchers fell short by 8 runs despite Josh Inglis’s valiant half-century.