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Starc reprimanded for Vijay send-off

Mitchell Starc, the Australia fast bowler, has been reprimanded after admitting to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day's play in the fourth Test against India at the SCG.

An ICC release said that the charge related to Starc's "exaggerated celebration" after he dismissed M Vijay in the first over of India's innings on Wednesday. Starc appeared to scream at the batsman following the dismissal. The charge was laid by the on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Simon Fry and fourth umpire Gerard Abood.

Starc accepted the offence and the proposed sanction of an official reprimand. As such, there was no need for an official hearing. He admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to conduct that "either : (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute."

Australia captain Steven Smith admitted after the second day's play that he had not seen Starc's send-off but agreed that the practice should end.