Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 4th day

Bollinger warned for unfancy footwork

Brydon Coverdale at Adelaide Oval

December 7, 2009

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Doug Bollinger is annoyed to miss out on an lbw appeal against Brendan Nash, Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Adelaide
Doug Bollinger's fury ended up being a free kick © Getty Images

Doug Bollinger has escaped with a reprimand after he was reported by the match referee Chris Broad for showing dissent at an umpire's decision. Bollinger was charged under level 1.3 of the ICC's code of conduct after he kicked the ground following an lbw decision going against him.

Bollinger has made no attempt to mask his displeasure at unfavourable umpiring calls in Adelaide and his frustration peaked with a violent kick when Asad Rauf turned down an lbw appeal against Brendan Nash. Replays suggested the ball would have hit the stumps after Nash padded up, but Australia had burned both their reviews during the morning, including one when Bollinger was convinced he had Adrian Barath caught behind. The offence carries a maximum punishment of 50% of the match fee, but Bollinger pleaded guilty during the hearing on Monday night and was let off with a reprimand by the match referee.

Prior to the match, Bollinger described himself as "loud and obnoxious" and he has certainly proved it, wearing his emotions on his sleeve during his second Test. His fast-bowling colleague Mitchell Johnson said Bollinger was a passionate character who was clearly thrilled to be playing for his country.

"He's pretty fiery I guess, as you can see," Johnson said. "He was a little bit frustrated at times there, he thought he had his man. Dougie's pretty excited about playing for Australia and he wants to do well. It's only his second game and he's pretty fired up. He's playing for his country [with] his hand on his heart and he's really going out there and playing tough cricket."

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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