Send­ing-off of­fence

Lit­tle rep­ri­manded for abus­ing Eng­land hero

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket -

Ire­land seamer Josh Lit­tle has been rep­ri­manded for giv­ing Eng­land’s Jonny Bairstow a “provoca­tive” or “dis­parag­ing” send-off in the se­cond one-day in­ter­na­tional.

Lit­tle, who claimed three wick­ets in Ire­land’s de­feat, ad­mit­ted “us­ing lan­guage, ac­tions or ges­tures which dis­par­age or which could pro­voke an ag­gres­sive re­ac­tion from a bat­ter” af­ter dis­miss­ing Bairstow at the Ageas Bowl.

The of­fence is re­garded as a level-one breach of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s code of con­duct and the 20-year-old will have one de­merit point added to his dis­ci­plinary record. Ac­cru­ing four points in a 24-month pe­riod trig­gers a ban, al­though Lit­tle has no pre­vi­ous of­fences on his record.

Bairstow hit 82 from 41 balls be­fore edg­ing Lit­tle be­hind to Lor­can Tucker. Lit­tle was then seen ex­chang­ing words with Bairstow as the opener left the field. Eng­land went on to take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three-match se­ries, which con­cludes to­mor­row.

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