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.