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Worrall suspended for bizarre incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 18, 2014

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Daniel Worrall appeals, South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, February 19, 2013
Daniel Worrall will miss the start of next season © Getty Images

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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Posted by asterix.gaul 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.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

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

Posted by silly_mid_on on (March 19, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

No balls, and short of a length.

Posted by David_Bofinger 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Biggus on (March 18, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

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

Posted by Meety 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!!!!!!

Posted by dunger.bob 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.

Posted by SirBobJones 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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