Wade played through pain at T20 World Cup

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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, with Wade aiming to end his international career late 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'.

"I went and hit some balls before the game and tried to bluff my way through that and I got through it.

"If I had have woken up worse and couldn't swing the bat then I wouldn't have played.

"I was more worried if we batted first and I had to go as hard as I can and I tore it then I wouldn't be able to keep and that would hurt the team.

"In my mind they would've had to strap me to the bed."

Finch praised Wade's resilience, which will go down in Australian cricket folklore as part of the team's maiden T20 World Cup title.

"I knew the result and, being a grade two tear in his side, I thought it was going to be tough," Finch said.

"If anyone was going to play it was going to be him.

"You would have to cut his leg off not to."

Wade is the incumbent Test No.5 but was not selected in the Ashes squad, so knows his time in the national set-up is coming to an end.

He said going back-to-back and lifting the T20 trophy up at the MCG in November 2022 would be the perfect way to bow out as an Australian player.

"Internationally, this will be the last run at it," he said.

"I'm contracted to the (Hobart) Hurricanes and Tassie for a period of time.

"I still love playing (Sheffield) Shield cricket and playing for Tassie, but you get to the age where you know it's the natural progression with so many good young keepers coming through."

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