Aaron Finch has been reprimanded for smashing over a plastic chair following his unfortunate run out in Sunday's BBL final against Melbourne Stars.
Finch was run-out backing up after Cameron White crunched a straight drive which ricocheted off Jackson Bird's boot onto the stumps at the bowler's end with Finch caught short trying to get his bat back.
Finch kept his cool all the way off the playing surface but halfway down the tunnel to the dressing room he lashed out using his bat to twice knock over a plastic chair with it being caught on the TV broadcast. He was reprimanded for a Level 1 breach of CA's Code of Conduct for equipment abuse but was not fined.
"Just about sums up my summer," Finch said. "But that happens. It's a tough one, you're looking to score, looking to get down the wicket, pinch a one here or there, but it happens."
Renegades coach Andrew McDonald confirmed on SEN that Finch had accepted the charge.
"He's taken that and accepted that and received a reprimand," McDonald said on Monday. "I've only seen the paperwork. I haven't seen the actual footage. I'll probably see it today. Do I forgive him? It's probably an act that's brought about my emotion, it's probably a build-up of the summer and probably just plays out in that moment."
Finch has previously spoken of looking forward to a break after difficult season, but that won't come until April. The morning after the BBL final he was on a flight to India as captain of Australia's T20 and one-day side. After that it is straight to the UAE for the five more ODIs before he finally gets to put the bat away for a month until Australia reconvene for a pre-World Cup training camp in Brisbane in early May.
Other players from the BBL final joining Finch on the hasty departure to India were Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson.
Maxwell will be travelling with very different emotions to Finch having seen the BBL title slip from his team's grasp as they lost 7 for 19 in 30 balls.
"Unfortunately, we just couldn't have a batter come in and do the job," he said. "It seemed like every time we had a person come out and take a risk they got out."
The tour of India begins with the first T20 in Visakhapatnam on February 24.
Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Melbourne