Argy-bargy no issue for Wade
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Australia's Matthew Wade is facing a contrary conduct charge after an on-field run-in with South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi during Sunday's fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth.
The pair had to be spoken to by the umpires after Wade appeared to clip Shamsi with his elbow while taking a run during Australia's innings in South Africa's six-wicket victory.
While Wade made only minor contact with the Proteas' spinner both he and Shamsi have been charged with breaching article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.
The article relates to minor acts of "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc recently received an official reprimand for breaching the article during Australia's second ODI against Sri Lanka in August while Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for a breach later in the same series.
An outcome from the charge is expected to be released on Monday.
The incident in question occurred in the 17th over when Wade ran to his left and just caught, or came close to, Shamsi's chest with his left elbow.
The pair had been in a verbal discussion in Shamsi's previous over after Wade mistimed a sweep shot off the left-arm chinaman bowler.
Wade's combative nature has not gone unnoticed during Australia's disastrous tour of South Africa but he believes it's all part of the competitive atmosphere of international cricket.
"International cricket's hard work, everyone's going out and going their hardest," Wade 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."
Despite having Australia 4-0 down in the series, South Africa fast bowler Kyle Abbott said he's not surprised by the amount of chat that is coming from their opponents.
He said that is how Australia have always played their cricket and the Proteas expect no different despite the way results have gone.
"When they're on top you obviously get it from them," Abbott said.
"But we knew that when they're down they're going to turn it up a gear. No, not surprised."