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Matthew Wade

Wade pitch-tampering appeal dismissed

Matthew Wade has had his appeal against a ban for pitch-tampering dismissed.

The former Test wicketkeeper and Victoria Bushrangers captain is suspended for the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at the WACA starting tomorrow.

Wade was cited by umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski after a “long valley” was found in the protected area that the umpires said was not the result of normal wear and tear. Wade scored 119 in the Shield match against Tasmania Tigers at Blundstone Arena last weekend.

Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour Commissioner Alan Sullivan QC heard Wade’s appeal via teleconference today, and upheld the penalty of a one-match ban a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee.

Wade was charged for “conduct that was considered unfair play under Law 42 of the Laws of Cricket or against the spirit in which the game of cricket should be played”.