Aussie all-rounder Dan Christian who was recently part of the national side during the T20I series against India was charged half of his match fees after showing disapproval at an umpiring decision during his stateside Victoria’s eliminator clash against South Australia during the JLT One Day Cup on Thursday.
The incident happened during South Australia’s innings when the all-rounder was bowling. He showed dissent towards an umpiring decision and the match referee of the particular encounter, Steve Bernard after hearing the umpires proposed a fine of 50% on Christian’s match fees. The veteran all-rounder who has been around the international circuit for a long time now was charged with a Level 2 Offence for breaching the Code of Conduct of Australia.
Christian admitted to the offence which was his first in the last 18 months, and no hearing was required as the all-rounder accepted the charges levelled against him. It was one of those occasions when Christian had a tough day with the ball in hand and was belted all around the park finishing with unimpressive figures of 2/69 from his allotted ten overs. South Australia posted a mammoth 339/5 on the board. Victoria was pretty mediocre with the bat in hand as they were bowled out for a cheap 168 which knocked them out of the tournament. Christian scored 26.
Meanwhile, the South Australians will play Western Australia in the final of the tournament scheduled to be played on October 21, Saturday. It will also be the first time the two teams will lock horns against each other ever since the thrilling final of the 1995-96 Sheffield Shield.
Christian who has been a veteran in the domestic circuit for a long time now made his international debut for India in 2010 in the T20I format. He has represented Australia in 19 ODI’s and 15 T20I’s but hasn’t been a permanent feature in the side due to his inconsistency. He was also part of the Rising Pune Supergiant squad during the previous IPL which his franchise narrowly lost to Mumbai Indians in the final by a solitary run.