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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  • Helmut 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

  • bob 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

  • Siddy 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.

  • Sam 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.

  • Nasir 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.

  • Faizul 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.

  • Aidan 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.

  • Reuel 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.