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

Faulkner fined for Gayle send-off

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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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  • Favell on February 7, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    No, no, there's no excuse for Faulkner's carry on. Plain ugly and a blight on the game. Retaliation is simply two wrongs not making it right. I've always admired past players such as Paul Reiffel, Geoff Dymock and Damien Fleming who achieved so much more with a wry grin when they had a batsman's measure. Get over the histrionics James. Don't let your recent successes go to your head. You've earned respect for your talent and you owe it to the game to respect the game's image as well.

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Don't care what Maxwell tweets, Faulkner shouldn't give a verbal send off. If there had been some other history between the two, then maybe an exaggerated celebration (gangnum style?), but to yell what he did was beyond acceptable. An upper cut to Ch9 for repeating the vision a number of times. Disspointing that the verbal overshadows a really good bowling performance on a road!

  • thruthecovers on February 7, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I guess the big show will be a no show in under a year. He has achieved absolutely nothing yet in the intn'l game, but carries on like he has. Man KP and Gayle are full of themselves but this guy takes it to a whole new level! Unproven too. laughable actualy

  • cooberblob on February 7, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I saw Faulkner's antics and thought he is in trouble, for Maxwell to say it was ok is not OK. Faulker broke the code of conduct of players, he will never captain Australia. Some of the new crop of Aussie players need to remember the spirit of the game, they are carrying on like spoilt little kids, grow up!You got the wicked you "won" if thats whats so important to you. No wonder I cant support AUssie crucket, plus its like supporting New South Wales still

  • 3rivers on February 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    What an Absolute JOKE, millions of people and kids witnessed Faulkners abuse and unsportsman like behaviour and he gets off with little fine. There appears to be different rules for different players. Not so long ago, (First time i have known it to happen), a cricketer was suspended and fined for swearing in a dressing room, out of view of any spectators (a players private space) but this has happened in full view of millions and what does he get? Nothing and gets to remain in the team, Australia Cricket, you's are an ABSOLUTE JOKE. The player in question Daniel Christian, from the Redbacks has been overlooked for all forms of Australia representative fixtures because of his so called undiscilpined behaviour. Have a closer look at some of your current players, former players and compare some of their behaviours and what discipline they were dished out !!!. Falkner & Maxwell, I certainly don't want my kids looking up to players that display this type of behaviour.

  • VanillaThunder on February 7, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Fast bowlers have been neutered enough at an international level already without having to worry about giving an old-fashioned send-off. Not everyone in the game has to be best best friends, even less so when it's one of the most destructive batsmen in the game and you're trying to seal the series for your home nation. Gayle has been playing like he doesn't want to be there (and not just for the Windies), so good on the youngster for getting one up him and letting him know about it. Let him have his say, it's good for a sport where genuine rivalries are about as lengthy as a local T20 comp.

  • NasirBangladesh on February 7, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    In fact, James F. is the true progeny of Shane Warne, Steve Waugh,,,other Australian cricket legend (in terms of behavior in field). I can remember the incident of Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels in BBL. Of course, this behaviour needs some operation to fix it an acceptable stage. A cricketer does not need to be ugly to be aggresive in field.

  • Fanatic_cricko on February 7, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Cricket Australia is to be blamed for not taking action before match refree. Both players should be given suspension until end of the series. That give lesson to other players.

  • AidanFX on February 7, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    The twitte/Facebookr generation is a vain superficial generation to say the least. Too many people think their opinion matters to much. Maybe that includes me posting this message. But honestly is amazing how much controversy arises from someones temper spat.

  • Reuelsean on February 7, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @_PK what are you going on and on about? your statement is as ridiculous as Faulkner's behavior after getting Gayle's wicket. and what does all this have to with Maxwell anyway? He really needs to concentrate on his performances on the field, and talking less off it.

  • Favell on February 7, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    No, no, there's no excuse for Faulkner's carry on. Plain ugly and a blight on the game. Retaliation is simply two wrongs not making it right. I've always admired past players such as Paul Reiffel, Geoff Dymock and Damien Fleming who achieved so much more with a wry grin when they had a batsman's measure. Get over the histrionics James. Don't let your recent successes go to your head. You've earned respect for your talent and you owe it to the game to respect the game's image as well.

  • Meety on February 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Don't care what Maxwell tweets, Faulkner shouldn't give a verbal send off. If there had been some other history between the two, then maybe an exaggerated celebration (gangnum style?), but to yell what he did was beyond acceptable. An upper cut to Ch9 for repeating the vision a number of times. Disspointing that the verbal overshadows a really good bowling performance on a road!

  • thruthecovers on February 7, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I guess the big show will be a no show in under a year. He has achieved absolutely nothing yet in the intn'l game, but carries on like he has. Man KP and Gayle are full of themselves but this guy takes it to a whole new level! Unproven too. laughable actualy

  • cooberblob on February 7, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I saw Faulkner's antics and thought he is in trouble, for Maxwell to say it was ok is not OK. Faulker broke the code of conduct of players, he will never captain Australia. Some of the new crop of Aussie players need to remember the spirit of the game, they are carrying on like spoilt little kids, grow up!You got the wicked you "won" if thats whats so important to you. No wonder I cant support AUssie crucket, plus its like supporting New South Wales still

  • 3rivers on February 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    What an Absolute JOKE, millions of people and kids witnessed Faulkners abuse and unsportsman like behaviour and he gets off with little fine. There appears to be different rules for different players. Not so long ago, (First time i have known it to happen), a cricketer was suspended and fined for swearing in a dressing room, out of view of any spectators (a players private space) but this has happened in full view of millions and what does he get? Nothing and gets to remain in the team, Australia Cricket, you's are an ABSOLUTE JOKE. The player in question Daniel Christian, from the Redbacks has been overlooked for all forms of Australia representative fixtures because of his so called undiscilpined behaviour. Have a closer look at some of your current players, former players and compare some of their behaviours and what discipline they were dished out !!!. Falkner & Maxwell, I certainly don't want my kids looking up to players that display this type of behaviour.

  • VanillaThunder on February 7, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Fast bowlers have been neutered enough at an international level already without having to worry about giving an old-fashioned send-off. Not everyone in the game has to be best best friends, even less so when it's one of the most destructive batsmen in the game and you're trying to seal the series for your home nation. Gayle has been playing like he doesn't want to be there (and not just for the Windies), so good on the youngster for getting one up him and letting him know about it. Let him have his say, it's good for a sport where genuine rivalries are about as lengthy as a local T20 comp.

  • NasirBangladesh on February 7, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    In fact, James F. is the true progeny of Shane Warne, Steve Waugh,,,other Australian cricket legend (in terms of behavior in field). I can remember the incident of Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels in BBL. Of course, this behaviour needs some operation to fix it an acceptable stage. A cricketer does not need to be ugly to be aggresive in field.

  • Fanatic_cricko on February 7, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    Cricket Australia is to be blamed for not taking action before match refree. Both players should be given suspension until end of the series. That give lesson to other players.

  • AidanFX on February 7, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    The twitte/Facebookr generation is a vain superficial generation to say the least. Too many people think their opinion matters to much. Maybe that includes me posting this message. But honestly is amazing how much controversy arises from someones temper spat.

  • Reuelsean on February 7, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @_PK what are you going on and on about? your statement is as ridiculous as Faulkner's behavior after getting Gayle's wicket. and what does all this have to with Maxwell anyway? He really needs to concentrate on his performances on the field, and talking less off it.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 7, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    10% is just ridiculous. On one hand you say that there is no place for such behavior near cricket but yet you allow him to earn 90% of the fees for doing something that you yourself condemn. Am I missing something here? That's absolutely despicable behavior by the player and the comrade who is supporting him. The player and the comrade should have 100% of the fee docked and suspended for at least 5 games. Friendly banter is different from send-offs, abusive language and swearing at your opponent. When will ICC wake-up?

  • OneEyedAussie on February 7, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    I thought when I saw the incident live last night that there was more to it. So it turns out Gayle may have provoked the young lad. If that's true then it seems BOTH of them got off lightly - though Faulkner of course cops the fine because he was silly enough to carry on loudly and on live television.

  • Potatis on February 6, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    I was disappointed by Faulkner's outburst, and hoped that he would have got fined more of his match fee. Maxwell needs to pull his head in too. I'm all for fire and aggression, but not abuse.

  • milomo on February 6, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I honestly thought I would read this morning that Faulkner was stood down for the rest of the series. The umpire obviously took greater umbrige to Faulkners behaviour than the Match Referee did. Maxwell (Shmart) sounds like he could accompany Mr Faulkner.

    If you dont show respect you can never earn it. Examples need to be set to ensure that players and commentators respect their opponents, the players, themselves and in the bigger picture in the game itself.

    In recent times we have had a proliferation of players pushing the behaviour boundaries and commentators questioning the laws of the game and the integrity of officials.

    All of this leads to the steady undermining of confidence in the processes that have built what is a wonderful game. I guess these fellows are so full of their own importance they dont recognise they are undermining the very system that offers them income and enjoyment. At the same time impacting on the viewing audieneces' experience. Thank god for radio.

  • Andrew73 on February 6, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    10% seems a bit light, but as long as he cops it on the chin and doesn't make a habit of it Faulkner isn't a big worry. Most young fast bowlers make geese of themselves at some point. Maxwell, on the other hand, needs some serious personality surgery. Hoping he plays the tests in India - a prolonged carve up of his "spin" bowling by the Indians in home conditions might help him learn some humility. Maybe.

  • the_informant on February 6, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    The fact is:- during the Prime Minister's XI match Gayle was sub-fielding when Faulkner came out to bat. Gayle got in his face and gave him a mouthful. Gayle started it, Faulkner finished it. But of-course there's one rule for Australian cricketers and different rules for the rest.

  • One_World on February 6, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Aussies and sledging - the legend never dies.

  • Shaggy076 on February 6, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I got no issue with what Maxwell said to the Sri Lankans they were really dawdling, however not going to condone what Faulkner said on the field. If Gayle gave him a spray in the Prime Ministers Xl surely Faulkner can find more intelligent ways of getting back at Gayle than screaming a profanity. Maybe he has spent too much time recently with Shane Warne and his intelligence has suffered as well.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on February 6, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    this maxwell is really up himself. even james brayshaw said but more politely! he will definitley cause clarke and CA pain down the line with his arrogant behaviour. he thinks he is it. lets see how he does in india as a spinner !

  • Zambezikid on February 6, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Agreed Stephen, which is indeed more important as a setting example.

    Cricket - the game of gentlemen?

  • ozziespirit on February 6, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Pathetic and unsurprising behaviour. There's been a general consensus that Australian domestic fixtures are not handed out punishments equal to that found elsewhere in the world, for quite some time. Mr Madugalle was right on the money.

  • __PK on February 6, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    What's the backstory on this one, as hinted by Maxwell in his tweet? These young guys need to learn that certain fading overseas players know they're untouchable and arrive here with the intent of needling the locals - Gayle and Jayawardene are prime examples of this. The best course of action is to laugh at the hopeless old men, struggling to make an impact.

  • VickGower on February 6, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @Stephen1957 LOL! Good point.

  • Ncnotorious on February 6, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    tbh @typos, dont think Australia has much fans outside of Aus atm anyways and will only get worse.

  • xylo on February 6, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    What? How could an Aussie exhibit unsporting behavior? And, how could he get fined for it? In any case, Maxwell is not going to be in the XI in a matter of couple of series, so he can #giveandtake all he wants.

  • Stephen1957 on February 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    The system of fines seems to be a little confusing to me! 10% of your match fee for abusing the opposition, but 100% if your team plays slowly? AB de Villiers was also given a 2 game suspension! What is this saying to the kids? Its ok to cuss and swear at your opponent, but heaven help you if you play slowly. Confusing really!

  • Damian123 on February 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Where is give and take for Maxwell? He gave a mouthful of abuse to Mahela, Mathews & Thisara but when he got something back, he had a lot to argue with them even during the customary handshakes! He should first practice what he preaches. He's going to be a real pain in world cricket.

  • Damian123 on February 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Maxwell managed to ruffle a thorough gent like Mahela with unwaranted abuse when it was none of his business as the batsman and he looks like a real rowdy. Few of those can easily bring this wonderful game to a point where only a few rowdies will follow!

  • typos on February 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Some of these young Aussies are getting ahead of themselves. Both Maxwell (recently needling Mehela) and Faulkner now with Gayle will only have fans in Australia if that is their attitude.

  • bootlicker on February 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Keep it up Mr Madugalle, Sir

  • SunnyD on February 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Pathetic bahavior from Faulkner after dismissing a batsman having sidestrain. Maxwell should be fined too.

  • OzWally on February 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    As it happened I was wondering why the venom towards Gayle. Then seeing Maxwell's tweet, it put it into context. He deserved the fine, but good to see he isn't intimidated by the more experienced player.

  • Ncnotorious on February 6, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @sidzy Actually, he cursed a Gayle as he was walking off. And since he yelled it (because Gayle was a bit far away already), it was easily heard by the umpires and everyone else.

  • AB_DeVilliers on February 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Maxwell again putting his mouth where it does not belong. Seems to have a real unsporting attitude about him, sadly. Not a fan at all.

  • raj3006 on February 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    That's good that he is fined, but the fine amount is very less compared to what he has done really.

  • sidzy on February 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Thats rediculous from azad rauf he just grunted.....

  • sidzy on February 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Thats rediculous from azad rauf he just grunted.....

  • raj3006 on February 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    That's good that he is fined, but the fine amount is very less compared to what he has done really.

  • AB_DeVilliers on February 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Maxwell again putting his mouth where it does not belong. Seems to have a real unsporting attitude about him, sadly. Not a fan at all.

  • Ncnotorious on February 6, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @sidzy Actually, he cursed a Gayle as he was walking off. And since he yelled it (because Gayle was a bit far away already), it was easily heard by the umpires and everyone else.

  • OzWally on February 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    As it happened I was wondering why the venom towards Gayle. Then seeing Maxwell's tweet, it put it into context. He deserved the fine, but good to see he isn't intimidated by the more experienced player.

  • SunnyD on February 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Pathetic bahavior from Faulkner after dismissing a batsman having sidestrain. Maxwell should be fined too.

  • bootlicker on February 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Keep it up Mr Madugalle, Sir

  • typos on February 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Some of these young Aussies are getting ahead of themselves. Both Maxwell (recently needling Mehela) and Faulkner now with Gayle will only have fans in Australia if that is their attitude.

  • Damian123 on February 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Maxwell managed to ruffle a thorough gent like Mahela with unwaranted abuse when it was none of his business as the batsman and he looks like a real rowdy. Few of those can easily bring this wonderful game to a point where only a few rowdies will follow!

  • Damian123 on February 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Where is give and take for Maxwell? He gave a mouthful of abuse to Mahela, Mathews & Thisara but when he got something back, he had a lot to argue with them even during the customary handshakes! He should first practice what he preaches. He's going to be a real pain in world cricket.