Hazlewood fined 15 percent match fee for showing dissent
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been docked 15 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for showing dissent at the umpire's decision on the fourth day of the second Test against New Zealand.
Australia reviewed an lbw decision against Kane Williamson which was unsuccessful as the third umpire spotted an edge on the Hot Spot replays, upholding the on-field call of not out.
However, Australia were of the belief that the mark on Hot Spot was the bat hitting Williamson's boot and made their concerns clear to the on-field umpire.
It was at this moment that Hazlewood used obscene language directed towards the third umpire and his utterances were captured by the stump microphone.
In a media release the ICC stated that Hazlewood had accepted the fine levied by the match referee Chris Broad which meant that a formal hearing was not required.
“Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Tuesday,” said the ICC release.
“The incident happened during the last over before lunch when Hazlewood, after his review was turned down by the TV umpire, used obscene language that was picked up by the stump microphone and subsequently by the broadcast.
“Following the day’s play, Hazlewood admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
“As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”
Australia went on to win the second Test against New Zealand by seven wickets and sealed a 2-0 series victory which has pushed them to the top of the ICC Test team rankings.
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