Matthew Wade had a Big Bash League final to forget, if we can be permitted to indulge in a bit of understatement.
First, he was dropped down the order and did not get into the game until the outcome was no longer in any serious doubt.
When he did make it to the crease for a bat, he was dismissed for a diamond duck, something that did not make him very happy.
Why Wade was dismissed so far down the order was perplexing, not simply to Wade, but to others, as well. In the semifinal, Wade made 71 from 45 balls to help the Hurricanes win the semifinal last week over the Renegades. With just a slightly better than above average stint, the 25-run final loss to the Adelaide Strikers could have been vastly different.
Wade was sent down to sixth as the result of D’Arcy Short making his return. Tim Paine retained the top spot for the ‘Canes.
When Wade finally got into the match, he was faced with the need to produce 58 from 18 balls when he entered the game at 4/145.
He was run out by Alex Carey before he had the chance to face one single, solitary delivery. He reacted by slamming his bat into his seat, and then left the team’s dugout.
“He didn’t look too happy walking out and he’s going to be less happy now,” Test great Mark Waugh said during the coverage.“It’s unfortunate for Matty Wade. He just hasn’t been able to get anything going, obviously coming in so late in the order. He’s not going to be too happy at all.”
Things got off to a bad start for the Hurricanes and an exceptional one for the Strikers. Strikers’ opener Jake Weatherald posted a century that would prove instrumental in permitting Adelaide to set the highest total in the history of Big Bash final play.
It was the first-ever BBL title for the Adelaide Strikers.