ICC reprimand for England’s Bairstow for shouting ‘f*** off’

England in New Zealand 2019/20

England’s Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council after using “an audible obscenity” during the final Twenty20 against New Zealand.

Bairstow could clearly be heard shouting “f*** off” in the aftermath of his seventh-over dismissal to Jimmy Neesham.

The batsman has been handed one demerit point under the ICC’s disciplinary code following a review of the incident, which took place during the tourists’ series-clinching Super Over win at Eden Park.

Bairstow struggled for runs in the series, but was pleased with his contribution in the deciding game, scoring 47 from just 18 deliveries.


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It is the second time Bairstow has received such a sanction this year, having also picked up a demerit point for swinging his bat at the stumps during a one-day international against Pakistan in May.

The points remain on a player’s record for a period of two years, with a total of four points in that time enough to force a ban of one Test or two limited-overs games.