Australia's Matthew Wade plays a ball during the fourth  one-day international cricket match against South Africa, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo)
Australia's Matthew Wade plays a ball during the fourth one-day international cricket match against South Africa, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo)

Wade in trouble as Aussies lose again

CRICKET: Matthew Wade could be hit with a contrary conduct charge as Australia's One-Day series against South Africa slipped to a new low with defeat in Port Elizabeth.

Wade appeared to run at Proteas' spinner Tabraiz Shamsi before lightly clipping him with his elbow as he ran a single in the six-wicket defeat.

The pair had already had a verbal spat when Wade mistimed a sweep shot of the left-arm chinaman bowler.

Wade is always one who pushes the boundaries but he defended himself after the contest.

"International cricket's hard work, everyone's going out and going their hardest,” he said.

"We had a crack the other night and they came back at us today, that's fair.

"I enjoy that side of the game. It got me in the contest straight away.”

Steve Smith's side is now facing the worst result in the country's ODI history.

The Aussies have never lost all games in a five-match series but now face that prospect with the final game to come in Cape Town on Wednesday.

This was arguably their worst performance of the tour as the team suffered two batting collapses on its way to a total of 167.

Australia lost its first five wickets for 49 and its last five for 58.

Wade (52) and Mitch Marsh (50) did try to mount a recovery but it never materialised.

The home team then chased down the total with 14.3 overs still remaining.

Captain Faf du Plessis led the way with 69 off 87 balls.



UPDATE: Sunrise puts Gympie Bunnings in onion saga spotlight

premium_icon UPDATE: Sunrise puts Gympie Bunnings in onion saga spotlight

Radio caller claims he was "paid out” by Bunnings.

How man's seat belt fine went from $400 to $2500

premium_icon How man's seat belt fine went from $400 to $2500

Gympie Judge's advice: "Better to belt up than lie".

Violent storms hard to predict in Gympie

premium_icon Violent storms hard to predict in Gympie

Hot, dry summer on the cards, but intense storms still a threat

Local Partners