Cricket champion Matthew Wade hid painful injury during Twenty20 World Cup win

A side strain suffered in Australia’s last training session before the Twenty20 World Cup final almost cost Matthew Wade a shot at glory, with the veteran wicketkeeper revealing medicos hid results of a scan from him.

It was not the only bombshell he dropped at the MCG on Thursday after Wade said he wants to end his international career with Australia’s title defence next year.

After playing a match-winning knock in the thrilling semi-final victory over Pakistan, the hard-hitting Wade pulled up sore batting in the nets.

Doctors convinced the 33-year-old to undergo a scan but the Tasmanian was determined to do whatever it took to face New Zealand in the decider.

It seemed everyone knew Wade had suffered a grade-two strain – including Australia captain Aaron Finch – except the man himself.

“Second last ball before the end of the session, I did a side injury,” Wade said.

“I didn’t really want to go for a scan but then they sent me to physio, and to the doctor’s credit they hid the information from me and just said ‘let’s see how you pull up’.