Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Josh Hazlewood Fined 15% Match Fee for Bad Language

Australia’s fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will receive a hefty fine for swearing during day four of the second Test against New Zealand.

The game was at high-octane levels, with Australia chasing 131 more runs with nine wickets to win. Hazlewood’s rant was incurred when an lbw appeal against batsman Kane Williamson was rejected by the on field umpire, Ranmore Martinesz; and third umpire, Richard Illingworth.

Outraged at the overturned decision, the pace bowler became angry and approached the umpires and opposing batsmen. Hazelwood was overheard by the sophisticated microphone technology to say “Who the f*** is the third umpire?” Australian captain Steve Smith was also heard in the confrontation.

Hazlewood pleaded guilty to dissent and was fined $2,317 – around 15 per cent of the player’s match fee – by the ICC for his
aggressive and foul language.

Match broadcasters Sky Television admitted error when they didn’t turn down the stump microphone upon hearing the swear words. The Australian team are outraged that the scene was caught on camera; the incident seriously detracts the team from victory in Christchurch.

The ICC’s decision caused a flurry of reactions on social media. Comments supporting Hazelwood included a plea from fellow Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson. “
It's time for the stump mikes to be turned off. Sure, we have all said a swear word when frustrated”, tweeted the player.

Contrastingly, ex-
West Indian cricketer Ian Bishop spoke out against Hazelwood, tweeting : “The behavior of the Australian players and the language used just now towards the umpire was reprehensible. Nothing less.”

When play resumed, Australian commentators swiftly began to reinforce the umpires’ decision, commenting that players “need to come to the realization that they do the cricket playing. Perhaps not the umpiring.”

Whatever the fallout from
Hazlewood’s fine, you can bet that the cricket in the third Test match will be eventful.

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