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Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been reprimanded by the ICC following his confrontation with umpire Nitin Menon during Saturday’s T20 World Cup match against England in Bridgetown.

During the 18th over of the Australian innings at Kensington Oval, Wade retreated just before a delivery from England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, blocking the ball without intending to score.

However, Menon refused to signal a dead ball, much to Wade’s frustration. The 36-year-old protested the next delivery to the non-striker and also exchanged words with England captain Jos Buttler.

“He pulled away and then played it back,” Buttler later explained to reporters.

“The referee said, ‘Well, you played it a little bit.’ But he said he had withdrawn.

“To be honest, I was thinking about a lot of other things at that moment.”

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Wade receives an official reprimand from the ICC | 00:25

Article 20.4.2.5 of the Cricket Laws states that the umpire can signal a dead ball if “the striker is not ready to deliver the ball and, when the ball is bowled, makes no attempt to play it”.

On Monday, the ICC confirmed that Wade had been officially reprimanded for breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to “expressing dissent from an umpire’s decision”.

The Tasmanian admitted the offense and accepted the sanction, his first offense in the past two years, with one demerit point added to his disciplinary record.

“Wadey is a fiery guy,” Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa said after the match.

“He’s super competitive and something hit him today, and that’s what we like about Wadey.

“He pulled back and played that shot and I think he felt like it was basically like having him hit on the leg with a dead ball.

“But it doesn’t take much to set Wadey on fire.

‘That’s the great thing about Wadey, that he is behind the stumps. He’s so competitive.

“You hear his voice and that makes a huge difference.

“When you have a calm wicketkeeper, whose body language is the opposite of someone like Wadey, you can feel that too.”

Australia leaves England’s World Cup in tatters | 02:09

Australian opener Travis Head suggested that the music playing over the venue’s loudspeaker prompted Wade to withdraw from the episode.

“All Wadey did was look for clarification because he felt like he was withdrawing,” Head said.

“If a guy has hit four and four off the first two balls, it’s very rare for him to block the next one, especially Wadey.

“I don’t think he really had any intention (of playing a shot). It followed him, he blocked it.

“Wadey just asked the question. They clearly went the other way so it was considered fair, and we moved on.

The controversial point ball ultimately proved inconsequential as Australia cruised to a 36-run win over their Ashes rivals.