Australia news March 18, 2014

Worrall suspended for bizarre incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia fast bowler Daniel Worrall will miss the start of next season after being suspended for two matches for a bizarre incident during last week's Futures League game at Toorak Park in Melbourne.

Cricket Australia said in a statement that during the match, "Worrall scratched an image of a penis and testicles into a wicket that was being prepared for a grade cricket final that coming weekend".

Worrall was reported for breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour by "acting in a way that was unbecoming of a representative and brought the game of cricket into disrepute".

Match referee Daryl Cox imposed a penalty of four suspension points, equal to two four-day games or four one-day or Twenty20 matches, which will be served at the start of next summer. Worrall pleaded guilty to the charge but disputed the penalty, which was then upheld at a formal hearing on Tuesday morning.

Jamie Cox, the SACA general manager high performance, said: "We are extremely disappointed in Daniel's actions; it is not in line with the behaviour we expect of a Redbacks player. We do believe this out of character for Daniel; he regrets his behaviour and has accepted the penalty."

Worrall played one Sheffield Shield match for South Australia this season as well as two BBL games for the Melbourne Stars.

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  • Asterix on March 19, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Maybe he was trying to bowl like Freddie Trueman, with a short leg and the balls swinging both ways.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    it happened in west indies.. it was 'bigger' incident there.

  • Glenn on March 19, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    No balls, and short of a length.

  • David on March 18, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    He has two matches to hone his grafiti skills. Perhaps he could learn from Banksy, and next time paint a rat carrying a posy of flowers.

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    They were hard on him He faces a stiff penalty for his action I hope nobody tampered with the balls on the pitch

  • Richard on March 18, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Isn't this the time for a no ball joke?

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    It didn't look like a foot to me... more like eight or nine inches.

  • Andrew on March 18, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    LOL - surely it would of only been a small drawing?

    I am with Bishop on this - in my head I had a completely different picture of what this story was about - judging the sub-heading!!!!!!

  • rob on March 18, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    @ Bishop and @SirBob. Agreed. I dove straight for this article just to see how the hell he managed the feat. The mind boggles doesn't it.

  • Bob on March 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    I agree with Bishop, I was thinking the poor bloke got a nasty splinter and then got suspended...insult to injury right there.

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