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The 12th edition of the World Cup 2019 has been, successful, yet a bit difficult for Australia. In their second match against West Indies, they suffered a major blow. Even though the Aussies won the match by 15 runs, Caribbeans gave them a hard time in the game. Before they’d know, almost all their opening batsmen were sitting back in the dugout.
Windies took four wickets for just 38 runs, to have Australia reeling. However, this was just not it, now their leg-break bowler Adam Zampa has been reprimanded by ICC for using “audible obscenity”.
The Australian legspinner has received one demerit point for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the World Cup 2019 game against West Indies on Thursday (June 6). The on-field umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Chris Gaffaney have levelled the charges against Zampa. The third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire S Ravi had supported them.
Zampa admits his offence and accepts the sanction proposed
The incident took place in the 29th over of West Indies’ innings. The on-field umpires heard Zampa using “an audible obscenity”. And the act of using audible obscenities in an international match is a breach of article 2.3. The ICC Code of conduct for players and the Player Support Personnel guides the rights of players in international matches.
However, Zampa admitted his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe. Thus, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The 27-year-old Zampa finished his second match with figures of 1-58. Whereas in Australia’s opener, Zampa picked three wickets in eight overs where his wicket of Rashid Khan was remarkable.
Australia have got off to a fine start as they have won both their opening matches. The defending champions will take on India at Kennington Oval, London on 9th June.