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.