Brisbane - The International Cricket
Council fined Australia paceman Mitchell Starc half of his match fee on Monday
for throwing a ball dangerously at New Zealand batsman Mark Craig.
Starc was fined $5 500 by match referee
Roshan Mahanama, the ICC said after Australia won the first Test on the final
day at the Grabba.
Australia had the match well in hand with
the Kiwis one wicket away from defeat when Starc impetuously hurled the ball in
Craig's direction after the Kiwi had smacked him for three successive fours.
Compounding Starc's frustration was that
the throw went for four needless overthrows, which did not amuse Australian
skipper Steve Smith.
The fast bowler breached the ICC Code of
Conduct, which relates to "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket
equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a player, umpire, match referee or
any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an
Starc admitted the offence and accepted the
Smith had already taken Starc to task for
the throw in the final stages of Australia's 208-run Test win.
"I thought it was pretty
disappointing. He's done it a few times and I'm going to have a word with him
when I get back down to the sheds," Smith told reporters after the 208-run
"I don't think it was necessary at the
time and hopefully he can improve and get better from that.
"I don't think he needs to apologise,
I just don't think he needs to do it again in the future.
"There wasn't an opportunity for a run
out and I think it was just a bit of frustration. He needs to let it out in
New ZealandBrendon McCullum took the
incident four overs from the end in good grace.
"I hope he was trying to aim at the
stumps and if that's the case and it slipped out then we'll give him the
benefit of the doubt," McCullum said.
Left-armer Starc has a fiery reputation and
during an Indian Premier League match last year hurled a ball at Kieron
Pollard, enraging the West Indian all-rounder who threw his bat back in Starc's
direction before the umpires and other players stepped in to restore order.