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Australia reserve keeper Matthew Wade banned for pitch tampering

Matthew Wade: Pitch tampering ban for Australia wicket-keeper

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Matthew Wade has done his hopes of an Australia recall little good after being banned for pitch tampering.

Wade was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour after denying the charge levied against him.

The wicket-keeper will miss Victoria's next Sheffield Shield game after being reported by umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski during their clash with Tasmania.

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

"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."

Wade was also fined 50% of his match fee and the two suspension points mean him missing a match, but he does still have the right of appeal.

The 25-year-old was Brad Haddin's back-up during the summer Ashes tour and would probably be the first player called upon if the veteran was ruled out for any reason.

The opening Ashes Test gets under way on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11pm on Wednesday.