Starc fined for wayward throw at Craig

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Australia’s Mitchell Starc has been fined for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the final day of the first Test between Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba on Monday.

Starc was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by match referee Roshan Mahanama, after he let loose a wayward throw at batsman Mark Craig after the latter had struck Starc for several boundaries.

The player was found to have breached Article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "Throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match."

After the third ball of the 84th over, Starc threw the ball in a dangerous manner near Craig. Starc admitted the offence and accepted the sanction. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Australia captain Steve Smith was also unimpressed with Starc's behaviour, saying at the post-match press conference that he'd be having a word with the paceman as this was not the first time he'd lost his temper.

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