Aussie wicketkeeper suspended for pitch tampering

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Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has been suspended for one first-class fixture for pitch tampering during Victoria's recent victory over Tasmania in Hobart.

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has been suspended for one first-class fixture for pitch tampering during Victoria's recent victory over Tasmania in Hobart.

Wade was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour during an innings of 119, after umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski reported him for "unfair play".

"While batting during Victoria's first innings, the umpires determined that Wade had tampered with the pitch," read a Cricket Australia statement.

"Both umpires considered the change to the pitch, which resulted in the creation of a long valley within the protected area, had been created by means other than natural wear and tear."

The 25-year-old Wade denied the charge, with a full disciplinary hearing, led by match referee and former Test umpire Daryl Harper, subsequently upholding the guilty verdict.

Wade was consequently fined 50 percent of his match fee and received two suspension points, which might see him miss Victoria's game against Western Australia in Perth next week. The player, however, has the right to appeal the decision

"We are currently reviewing the events in their entirety before deciding whether to lodge an appeal and will not comment further until that decision has been made," concluded chief executive of Cricket Victoria Tony Dodemaide.

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