NSW v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Blacktown, 3rd day November 1, 2013

Clarke reprimanded for DRS signal

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Tasmania 239 (Doolan 56, Bollinger 6-62) and 1 for 18 need 277 more runs to beat New South Wales 288 and 245 (Henry 65, Smith 63, Rose 4-64)

Michael Clarke has been reprimand for making a DRS 'T' signal while captaining New South Wales against Tasmania.

The incident occurred on the second day of the Sheffield Shield clash, when a Tasmania batsman was given not out when New South Wales claimed a low catch in the gully. Clarke then made the 'T' signal towards the umpire, which is used in international cricket to ask for the review system to be utilised.

Cricket Australia has amended their code of behaviour to make it automatic dissent if a player, whether in jest or not, uses the 'T' sign during domestic cricket where the DRS is not available. Clarke admitted guilt and accepted match referee Daryl Harper's proposed penalty of a reprimand so a hearing was not required.

Clarke made 88 on the first day of the match, his first innings since the one-day series against England following a flare-up of his long-standing back problem, but had less success in his second innings - bowled for 7 by a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus which nipped back - although the Blues were handily placed to claim victory after setting the Tigers a target of 295 which would be the highest total of the match.

By stumps, the Blues had already claimed one wicket in the eight overs available with Josh Hazlewood removing Ed Cowan to leave the Tigers 1 for 18.

The visitors had begun the day significantly behind in their first innings, but closed the gap as the final-wicket stand between Luke Butterworth and Sam Rainbird extended to 56, cutting the deficit to 49. They then chipped away at the beginning of the Blues' second innings and when Clarke departed the home side were 3 for 77.

However, Steve Smith (63) and Scott Henry (65) added 114 in 26 overs to stabilised the Blues' position before the Tigers came back strongly to claim the final seven wickets for 54. The left-arm spinner Clive Rose and seamer Evan Gulbis took seven scalps between them.

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  • James on November 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I was thinking exactly that @Mitty2. Second year blues for Silky, a bad ryobi and bad start to shield. Look at Doolan though, i think that's the right sort of age for a player to be coming in, he now knows his game and is now showing consistency but also young enough to have a long career. I think a lot of guys should be waiting to get to that stage.

    Like Ussie and Hughes, maybe should cut their teeth in the shield for a few seasons before coming back?

  • Hamish on November 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Outstanding game. Doolan's century was class - he's a class player. Conn says he's the best batsman to watch in the Shield and with an innings like that it's hard to disagree. He's in with a chance for the Ashes if he continues.

    Lyon + SOK were really good, as is expected. Those two should've been playing in India, instead of Maxwell and Doherty... Really intense game so all the more congrats to Doolan. Disappointing from Silk though - second year blues coming in?

  • James on November 2, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    What a good game in the end! Also good to see spinners coming into play now..Lyon and O'keefe nearly stole a victory from Tassy's hands with 6 wickets in around an hour. Ahmed and White ripped through WA's order and in Boyce and Hauritz giving SA a hard time with spin they have taken 8 wickets in quick time as i speak, a few years of this should see us better players of spin!

    There actually a few young spinners across the country some of whom are starting to step up. Zampa, Rose, Boyce, Agar, it's not all that bad.

  • Murray on November 2, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    wow at 1651 this game is exciting ! Sad another young batsman didn't steer it home when dominant (yet well played Doolan).

  • Peter on November 2, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Big game for the Cow. I had more sausages for dinner than he made runs. And I'm on a diet.

  • Brian on November 2, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Clarke should have been fined at least.

  • David on November 2, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    It's nothing - more of a concern was that Clarke had the top of his off stump hit again. Yes Frontfootlunge, it was not great bowling by Anderson and Broad in England - I reckon Clarke has a little technical problem there. Getting too front on maybe?

  • Hamish on November 2, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    @FFL, what's the best is how you constantly denigrate Clarke and yet Cook would have to one of the most tactically clueless captains going around in world cricket right now, if not the worst. Australia's fourth in the ICC test rankings, NZ sixth or seventh, and yet Cook sets fields of 9 men on the boundary (he'd have the keeper on the boundary if he could) against the both of the, what a joke!

    The recent series didn't conclude many things definitely, but what it did do certainly was show what a joke an on-field captain Cook is - especially in comparison to Clarke. :)

  • Francis on November 1, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    If you guys had bothered to read this article you would have seen that CA has pre-emptively changed the Code of Behaviour to stop this. Therefore, it is unquestionable dissent. Doesn't matter whether it was meant in jest, or an attack on the umpires. Now a precident has been set so no one will get a big penalty if they do it too. Which kind of negates what CA have done. They probably should have punished Clarke or just not bothered to change the rules.

    And what the hell does Cook have to do with this incident???

  • Dik on November 1, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    LOL what a joke! And why is it a T sign anyways? It's not a timeout RS. Make a D sign.

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