England captain didn’t appeal for Matthew Wade wicket to keep Aussie fans onside ahead of World Cup 

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Scared England captain reveals he didn’t appeal for Matthew Wade obstructing the field wicket in T20 warm-up because he risked getting the Aussie fans offside ahead of World Cup

Are Australian cricket fans already living rent free in the minds of English cricket players?

It appears so, after England skipper Jos Buttler admitted he decided against appealing for obstructing the field after an incident in last night’s narrow T20 win over Australia because he risked riling up Aussie fans ahead of the World Cup. 

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will commence in Australia from October 16 and Australia hosted England in a warm-up match last night. 

Stump Cam shows Wade holding his arm out to obstruct Woods as he tries to get back in his crease in the T20 World Cup warmup match between Australia and England

With the game on the line, Buttler was given the chance to appeal by the umpires when Aussie batsman Wade pushed England’s Mark Wood from making a return catch.

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Australia needed 39 runs off 22 balls and as Wade scrambled back inside the crease he cast a sideways glance and Wood and then appeared to obstruct the England player as the ball was there to be caught.

Buttler was given the opportunity to appeal under Law 37 – Obstructing the Field but turned it down. England would go on to complete an eight-run victory regardless of the incident. 

When asked why he turned down appeal, Buttler admitted it would be too risky so early in the tour.  

‘I was looking at the ball the whole time so I wasn’t sure what happened,’ he said.

‘They asked if I wanted to appeal but I thought we are here for a long time in Australia, it would be a risky one to go for so early in the trip.

When asked if it would be different if it was a World Cup match, Buttler replied: ‘Maybe, yeah’.

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

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

England decided against appealing the decision, which could have cost them the game

England decided against appealing the decision, which could have cost them the game

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In the post-match media conference, Buttler said in hindsight he should have conferred with teammates.

‘We’ve only just got to Australia so I thought just carry on in the game,’ he said.

‘I just thought it’s quite hard, I don’t know what I am appealing for really. I don’t know. I could have asked maybe some of the other boys, to see if they had a better view, but I just [thought] get on with the game.

‘If we had a case, then maybe I should have asked a few more of the lads if they saw.’

Sam Curran went onto dismiss wicketkeeper Wade for 21 with the third ball of the final over

Sam Curran went onto dismiss wicketkeeper Wade for 21 with the third ball of the final over

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis claimed that Wade was struck in the head when he skied the ball and added that he didn’t think Australia would have appealed if the roles were reversed.

‘No, I don’t think so. It’s chaos when you’re hit in the head and you’re running around and you don’t know where the ball is, it is chaos,’ he said.

Sam Curran dismissed Wade in a fine spell of bowling at the death that gave England the win after David Warner appeared to be propelling Australia beyond their 208 for six. 

Finch has given himself the green light to return to the top of the order after giving Cameron Green a chance to shine in the previous T20 World Cup warm-up matches

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Finch has given himself the green light to return to the top of the order after giving Cameron Green a chance to shine in the previous T20 World Cup warm-up matches

Meanwhile Aaron Finch has confirmed he will return to the top of the order for Wednesday’s clash with England as Australia’s T20 World Cup preparations ramp up.

Finch has spent almost his entire T20 international career as opener, but he raised eyebrows by batting either at first drop or at No.4 over the past three matches.

The move has given Cameron Green more opportunities at opener despite the 23-year-old not being in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad.

Finch made scores of 58 and 15 in the 2-0 series win over the West Indies, and was run out for 12 while batting at No.4 in Sunday’s eight-run loss to England.

The 35-year-old will return to his customary opening spot for games two and three against England in Canberra. 

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