India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc Reprimanded for Murali Vijay Sendoff
Mitchell Starc had Murali Vijay caught behind in the third ball of the Indian innings. The left-arm paceman gave a hard look to Vijay as he shouted in zest with pumped up fists, celebrating the early success.
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was on Thursday reprimanded for "exaggerated celebration" after dismissing batsman Murali Vijay in the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test in Sydney.
"Australia player Mitchell Starc was issued with an official reprimand after committing a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day's play in the fourth Test against India in Sydney on Tuesday," the ICC said in a statement. (Scorecard | Day 3 Blog | Day 3 Report)
Starc admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which provides that an offence will be committed where a player engages in "... conduct that either :(a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute." (Lokesh Rahul thanks patience, Virat Kohli for ton | Rahul Becomes Twitter Sensation After Maiden Test Ton)
"After claiming the wicket of Vijay, Starc engaged in an exaggerated celebration in front of the dismissed batsman," the ICC said. (Steve Smith in 'Spidercam' Catch Controversy)
"The charge was laid by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, Third Umpire Simon Fry from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires and Fourth Umpire Gerard Abood."
Starc accepted the offence and the proposed sanction of an official reprimand and therefore a formal hearing was not required.
ICC Match Referee Mahanama said: "The match officials felt that the player's behaviour was not appropriate, and he was reminded of his responsibilities to extend respect to his opponent and to play within the spirit of the game at all times." (Fielding Disappointing for 2nd Test in a Row, Says Darren Lehmann)