Tim Southee Reprimanded For Breaching ICC Code Of Conduct During The Third T20I Against Australia
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Tim Southee Reprimanded For Breaching ICC Code Of Conduct During The Third T20I Against Australia

New Zealand speedster Tim Southee reacts after hitting Aaron Finch's pads in the third T20I in Wellington on Wednesday. - AP
New Zealand speedster Tim Southee reacts after hitting Aaron Finch's pads in the third T20I in Wellington on Wednesday. - AP

Tim Southee, New Zealand fast bowler, has been reprimanded as he breached Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third T20I against Australia in Wellington.

Tim Southee was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, relating to “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.” Additionally, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Tim Southee, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. (Photo by JEREMY NG/AFP via Getty Images)

Tim Southee Shouted At The Umpire Disrespectfully After Aaron Finch Was Declared Not Out For LBW

The incident occurred in the first over of the 3rd T20I match of the 5 match series on Wednesday, when pacer Tim Southee shouted at the umpire in a disrespectful manner after a leg-before review taken against Australia opener skipper Aaron Finch was declared an umpire’s call and given not out.

Tim Southee has taken 91 wickets in 78 T20Is.
Tim Southee has taken 91 wickets in 78 T20Is. Twitter

Tim Southee admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.

There was no need for a formal hearing as on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Wayne Knights, third umpire Shaun Haig and fourth official Chris Brown levelled the charges. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Aaron Finch Ends Poor Form In T20Is By Scoring 69 And 79* In Successive Matches

Riding on skipper Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar’s performances, Australia bounced back in the series with a comfortable win over New Zealand. Australia scored 208/4 with Aaron Finch scoring 69 and Glenn Maxwell scoring 70. Josh Philippe too contributed with 43 as James Neesham proved expensive in the 3rd T20I.

New Zealand was 109/3 at one stage, but Ashton Agar wreaked havoc and picked six wickets conceding only 30 runs to bundle out the hosts for 144. He turned the game in Australia’s favour with three wickets in the 13th over.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

In the 4th T20I, Australia scored 156/6 with Aaton Finch remaining unbeaten on 79 while New Zealand managed only 106 runs. Aaron Finch thus ended his run drought in T20Is.

The Australian skipper went unsold at IPL 2021 auctions for poor form. He is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing series with 161 runs averaging 53.67. Ish Sodhi, spinner of New Zealand is the leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps averaging 13.3.

The T20Is between the neighbouring countries is poised 2-2 after New Zealand won the first 2 matches. The 5th T20I will be at Wellington on 7th March. In the 1st T20I, Devon Conway scored unbeaten 99 while in the 2nd T20I which was a close contest, Martin Guptill scored 97 missing his century by a whisker.