Aussie quick, Josh Hazlewood has found himself in hot water over an incident with central umpire Ranmore Martinesz.
The incident occurred when Australia referred an LBW shout on Kiwi star batsman Kane Williamson. Evidence was found that Williamson got an inside edge; therefore the decision stayed. However, the Australians didn’t see it that way.
Captain Steve Smith and Hazlewood made an aggressive approach to umpire Martinesz and then committed the offence. The fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of dissent for crying “Who the f**k is the third umpire?” and will be hit with a substantial fine.
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Smith was lucky to escape without punishment as stump cam evidence did not pick up any dissent from the Australian skipper.
With accusations of tampering the day before for throwing the ball deliberately into the ground, concerns towards the spirit of the game have come into question once again.
Swearing and any form of ball tampering are not supported by the ICC code of ethics and not considered in the spirit of cricket.
A spokesman for Sky conceded the microphone should have been turned down and but confirmed it won’t be turned off in the future as it provides an exciting atmosphere for the viewers at home.
However, the incident seemed to spark a positive reaction from the Aussies, as paceman Jackson Bird claimed three quick wickets to turn the tables in the Australians' favour after a dominant opening session by the Kiwi’s.
A defiant partnership from BJ Watling and Matt Henry provided some hope for New Zealand fans as they set a total of 200 for the Australians to chase in their second innings.
With only 131 more runs needed with nine wickets remaining for the Aussies to secure the series victory on day five, it’s clear that Australia’s march to world supremacy, is once again on track.
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