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Stuart Broad feels Josh Hazlewood's penalty is justified

Stuart Broad feels Josh Hazlewood's penalty is justified
Stuart Broad feels the players must exercise caution over the choice of words used during the game.
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England fast bowler Stuart Broad feels that the fine handed out to Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood for showing dissent at the umpire's decision during the second Test against New Zealand is justified.

On the fourth day of the Christchurch Test against New Zealand, Hazlewood was caught swearing against the third umpire on the stump microphone after a failed review.

Hazlewood was then charged with dissent and was subsequently fined 15 percent of his match fee in accordance with the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

While Broad admits that fast bowlers do get frustrated at times when decisions don't go their way, he agrees that a player must be fined when he shows dissent against the umpire's decision.

“We know the frustration that is involved as a fast bowler in Test cricket when you might not get a decision that you passionately want,” Broad told Sky Sports News HQ.

“We know that as players we’re under a bit of a strict code and if there’s anything caught on stump camera and TV you’re going to be in a bit of trouble.

“I think it’s my dad that’s actually fined him which makes me smile a little.

“We know the rules we play under and if you do show dissent you know you’re going to come into trouble.” 

Following Hazlewood's outburst, former Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has called for the stump microphones to be switched off for the public.

Refusing to agree with Johnson's views, Broad stated that the stumps microphones add to the viewing experience and has called for the players to exercise caution over their choice of words.

“From a fan watching sport I like to see as much detail as possible.

“When you watch rugby you get to hear what the referee is saying.

“I think it’s quite important that the fans feel close to the game so I don’t necessarily feel like they need be turned down.

“Maybe they can be controlled a bit more.

“We’re very aware that everything we say on the field can be heard by the viewers and potentially used.

“If you’re aware of it you’ve got to be as careful as you can be.

“I know as a bowler it can be frustrating game when things aren’t going your way and I do have a lot of sympathy for bowlers that sometimes get themselves in trouble.” 

Hazlewood took three wickets in the game as Australia went on to beat New Zealand by seven wickets and completed a 2-0 series victory which has propelled them to the top of the ICC Test team rankings.

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