David Warner ‘Shoves’ Matthew Wade After A Fiery On-Field Spat

During the Big Bash League game between Hobart Hurricane and Sydney Thunder, a heated argument between David Warner and Matthew Wade took centre stage. After an exchange of words between spinner Chris Green and Hobart’s wicketkeeper-batsman during the chase, David Warner was spotted giving Wade ‘a shove’.

The crowd was having all these spectacles as the Hurricanes' innings reached the midway point of this mostly one-sided contest. Many sports news publishing sites circulated Matthew Wade’s pic from the heated moments at the Bellerive Oval. At that time, his side was chasing a doable 136 with nine overs to spare. 

Backdrop of the Heated Bust-Up

With Warner down for a duck off Riley Meredith's toe-crushing yorker, Sydney Thunder’s first-innings total could reach a mere 135 runs. 

Eventually, the Hurricanes had a rough start to the chase. The hosts were reduced to 20/3 inside three overs. Hobart’s situation might have been worse if Ollie Davies hadn't dropped Wade while the left-handed batter had just put three runs on the board. This error did cost the Thunder dearly as Tim David and Wade set up a fourth-wicket partnership of 79 runs, giving their team total command.

In between, when the Hurricanes' score stood at 98 for the loss of 3 wickets, tension arose between Wade and Chris Green, who bowled the 10th over. It is believed that the disruptive gestures emerged when Wade changed his stance while Green just began his run-up. After this, during the drinks break, Wade walked over to Warner, who shoved the batter away.

Matthew Wade’s HD images showcasing what happened earlier, however, do not suggest that neither party weren't frustrated regarding what happened. Nevertheless, both the team members spoke about it later to the Channel Seven reporters stressing that it was a natural outcome amidst a competitive cricketing atmosphere. 

Words of Assurance From Matthew Wade in the Post-Match Conference

When Wade was interrogated about what exactly happened during the refreshment break, he replied that he was alright. Although what made him frustrated was the fact that he couldn’t manage some more boundaries out of Green’s deliveries. 

Matthew Wade’s records in T20 career speak highly of him. He’s among the countable captains who’ve opened the batting for his side and also stayed behind the wickets at many big stages for Australia. Most importantly, he had shared a great bond with Warner playing alongside him for the national team. 

Thus, the strife between the two players surprised all. When Warner was asked about his actions, he clarified his feelings. He said that both he and Wade were attempting to lead their teams while playing with a lot of emotions.

He added that after the game he spoke with Matthew Wade. As the tournament proceeds, if both the cricketers meet again, the fans can expect the individual temperaments to be as competitive as this time. However, this time, Warner leaves with no bad feelings.

During the shoving incident, Kerry O'Keffee was in the commentary box and referred to the incident as 'inappropriate'. He expressed having no idea regarding what transpired between the two. 

As friends, Matthew Wade and David Warner have covered a longstanding journey. Considering that, the on-field actions seemed bad. Also, as O'Keffee mentioned, such interactions are not entertained. The viewers weren't sure whether they were half kidding. In the end, Warner downplayed the event and referred to it as a 'friendly' encounter. 

What about Matthew Wade’s IPL career?
The Australian wicketkeeper-batsman has played 13 IPL matches altogether to date. After participating in 2011’s IPL where he played only 3 games, Wade again returned in the 2022 edition, this time representing Gujarat Titans.
What is Matthew Wade’s age?
At present, Matt Wade is 35 years old. He’ll soon turn 36 on 26th December, 2023.
Does Matthew Wade have kids?
Yes, Wade has two kids - Winter and Goldie. Matthew Wade’s wife Jules along with her children lives in Hobart.