On last Sunday (10th November), Jonny Bairstow was the hero of the England team during their victory in the Auckland T20I which helped the visitors to win the T20I bilateral series in New Zealand. But during that game, Bairstow used an audible obscenity for which the International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded him. Moreover, he has also received one demerit point.
It was the series decider of the five-match T20I series as both teams won two games each before that match. In that rain-interrupted 11-overs game, New Zealand scored 146/5 (11 overs) after the visitors sent them to bat first.
Jonny Bairstow’s incredible 47 runs off 18 balls and Chris Jordan‘s 12 runs in the final three balls helped England to level the scoreline (146/7 in 11 overs). Due to that tie result, that game moved to the Super Over.
Once again, Bairstow became successful in that Super Over as he scored eight runs off three balls, including a sixer. While England scored 17/0 in that Super Over, they restricted the hosts to 8/1.
By winning that one-over eliminator, England won that five-match T20I series by the 3-2 margin. Jonny Bairstow won the Player of the Match award for his batting performances.
Jonny Bairstow used that audible obscenity after getting out in the seventh over
In that 11-over chasing, when Jonny Bairstow lost his wicket in the seventh over, he used an audible obscenity. New Zealand pacer James Neesham dismissed Bairstow on the final ball of that seventh over as the wicketkeeper Tim Seifert safely grabbed Bairstow’s edge. As a very quick reaction of that dismissal, Bairstow used an audible obscenity that was caught by stump mic. Even that sound was also heard on TV.
By using that audible obscenity, English cricketer Jonny Bairstow violated Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. The code is related to “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”.
It was the Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. On-field umpires Wayne Knights and Chris Gaffaney, third umpire Christopher Brown and fourth umpire Shaun Haig levelled the charge on Bairstow.
Due to this reason, ICC has reprimanded Bairstow and added one demerit point in his name. After that game, the match-referee Andy Pycroft sanctioned the judgement on that English player.
Jonny Bairstow admitted that reported offence and also accepted the sanction. So, there is no need for a formal hearing.