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Finch reprimanded after stump microphone incident

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Perth: Australia captain Aaron Finch has received an official reprimand for an incident that occurred during his team’s narrow loss to England in the opening T20I in Perth on Sunday.

Finch was found to have used inappropriate language during the ninth over of England’s innings and in doing so breached the Level 1 ICC Code of Conduct.

The Australia skipper was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”

Finch admitted the offence and received an official reprimand and one demerit point was added to his disciplinary record, reported ICC.

While the offence was Finch’s first in the last 24 months, the veteran does run the risk of being suspended should further incidents occur during the remainder of the series or at the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned.

Finch will lead Australia in the remaining two T20I against England in Canberra this week, before the reigning champions commence their T20 World Cup campaign against New Zealand in Sydney on October 22.

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