Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra February 6, 2013

Faulkner fined for Gayle send-off

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Faulkner, the Australia pace bowler, has been fined 10% of his match fee following his reaction to dismissing Chris Gayle during the third ODI in Canberra.

Faulkner bowled Gayle, who batted down the order after picking up a side strain, in the 38th over during Australia's series-clinching victory and responded by clearly shouting in the direction of the batsman.

Faulkner was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC code of conduct which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match".

After the match Faulkner, who finished with 4 for 48, pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

"There is no place for this type of behaviour anywhere near the game," Madugalle. "The players are expected to respect the opponents all the time. In this particular incident, James crossed the line and I'm sure he will learn from this incident."

However, there was support for Faulkner from his team-mate Glenn Maxwell who tweeted: ".@faulknerC25 copping unfair stick for today's incident. Gayle wasn't even playing when he sprayed him in the PMs XI match! #giveitandtakeit."

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