Aaron Finch will have to remain cautious with his words as he got reprimanded for using the ‘F’ word against on-field umpires in the clash against England on October 9, Sunday. For the unversed, England batted first and put on a total of 208 runs on the board.
However, during the ninth over of the first innings, Finch lost his cool for a caught-behind appeal for Jos Buttler and used the ‘F’ word against on-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Donovan Koch. “It would have been f****** nice to know in time,” Finch said when on-field umpires refused to give him an answer whether the ball carried to the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade or not.
The audio was caught on the stump mic and did not go well with cricket fans. Finch breached Article 2.3 of the Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel which reads, “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match”.
Much to his stupefaction, Finch was not banned as it was his first offence in 24 months. However, Cricket’s governing body added one demerit point to Finch’s disciplinary record and gave him a subtle warning for his actions.
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With regard to the match, after allowing England to put on 208 runs on the board, the Australian openers marched on to the crease with the hope to chase it down. Barring David Warner who scored 73, the rest of the batters failed to play impactful innings for the team.
However, the contributions of Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis cannot be rubbed off as they helped Australia inch closer to the target. While Marsh scored a quickfire 36, Stoinis scored 35 runs and tried to seal a win for the Kangaroos.
Finch, who was disappointed with the win, hoped for a strong comeback in the next game. The losing captain batted down the order in the match and gave a clarification on that as well. “Against great players (on bowling to Buttler), sometimes it’s difficult, we can try and execute, but they’re great players for a reason,” Finch said in the post-match interview.
“I will go back to the top next game, that was always the plan. The games against the West Indies and this game was an experiment, but I’ll go back (to the top of the order) in preparation for the upcoming World Cup,” the batter added.