Brisbane, Nov 9 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after Australia’s 208-run first Test win over New Zealand here on Monday.
Starc was fined for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel after he collected a straight drive from Mark Craig in his follow-through and threw the ball back in the direction of the stumps.
However, the wild throw missed the stumps and went close to Craig before the ball sped off to the boundary for four overthrows. Starc was found in breach of Article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct by match referee Roshan Mahanama.
Starc admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, which carries a minimum penalty of a fine between 50-100 per cent and up to two suspension points. After the match, captain Steve Smith said he will have a talk with his fast bowler about his actions.
“I thought it was pretty disappointing,” Smith said post-match on Monday. “He’s done it a few times and I’m going to have a word to him when I get back down in the sheds. I don’t think it was necessary at the time and hopefully he can improve and get better from that.”
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