Wade says Stars belts didn’t affect final loss

Carey and Short lead together to lead Strikers into final four

Hobart Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade says catches lost against the Adelaide Strikers and not their 106-run belting by the Melbourne Stars two nights earlier was the reason behind their loss in the Eliminator final at the MCG.

The Hurricanes were knocked out of the tournament after coming down 22 runs from Adelaide’s 6-188, with Test wicketkeeper Alex Carey (67) and Matt Short (89) leaving a 145-run lead.

It was Hobart’s fourth consecutive loss at the MCG and follows their massive defeat to the Stars on Wednesday night, where Glenn Maxwell hit 154 – the highest score in KFC BBL history – while his side posted a massive 2-273.

It was the third-highest ever total in T20 cricket worldwide, the highest nationally worldwide and the highest in the Big Bash at 41 runs, but it came against a second set of Hurricanes attack that saw equipped Scott Boland, Riley Meredith and Tom Rogers.

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“If we lost tonight everyone would be asking a question about that, but that’s the way it goes. I don’t think it had any impact on the game (tonight),” Wade told cricket.com.au.

“The impact was in the field; we dropped three catches too early and one of them got 80 and the other 70. In T20 cricket you can’t afford to do that.”

Rogers dropped an easy chance on Short, who skied halfway into the fourth over when he was on 15, while Boland lost a chance from Carey, as did young leg spinner Wil Parker, who couldn’t hang. caught and cast on a tough.

The Hurricanes dropped three catches against the Strikers // Getty

But England great Michael Vaughan was less forgiving in commenting on Fox Cricket, saying their mentality in the previous game may have cost them against the Strikers.

“So far tonight I’ve seen a Hurricanes team that wasn’t quite there,” he said after they conceded 62 of the first six overs.

“I don’t believe you should ever turn the intensity off and they’re off (against the stars). I don’t think they’re a good enough team to go ‘we turn it on today and not on the next day’.”

Wade said it had been the toughest BBL tournament he’d been involved in during his 10 seasons in the league.

“All the moving parts with COVID and then players coming in and out and no crowds, it’s been tough,” the 34-year-old said.

“Personally the same, it’s been a bit up and down, the same as the team. We will learn from this and we will get better, hopefully we won’t be in this situation next year, but it’s definitely been a mental challenge for all the guys. ”

Wade now has three weeks off for Australia’s five-match Dettol T20I series against Sri Lanka, which starts in Sydney on February 11.

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