The Australian cricket team’s reputation as poor sports continues to grow, after Josh Hazlewood’s outburst during the second Test in Christchurch.
Hazlewood has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the ICC after pleading guilty to dissent after an outburst followed a contentious call from third umpire Richard Illingworth.
Australia reviewed an lbw shout from Hazlewood in the final over of Tuesday’s morning session.
Illingworth ruled Kane Williamson, then on 88, edged the ball before it crashed to his pads.
Hazlewood and Steve Smith both rushed up to controlling umpire Ranmore Martinesz to query the verdict.
Smith turned on his heel in disgust as stump microphones picked up Hazlewood saying “who the f*** is the third umpire?”.
Hazlewood then appeared to give NZ allrounder Corey Anderson a spray at the end of the session.
Both on-field umpires had a word with Hazlewood, who remained furious and unrepentant.
Australian paceman Jackson Bird said there was no need to broadcast what happened at the stumps.
“It is a little bit (disappointing that conversations don’t stay on the field),” Bird said.
“We’re all for having technology in the game.
“All the new technology that comes out every year is great and great for the viewers at home.
“But I don’t see why the stump mics need to be broadcast to the whole world. I’m not sure why they were.”
Hazlewood’s outburst prompted a backlash from former West Indies quick Ian Bishop, and current skipper Jason Holder.
The behavior of the Australian players and the language used just now towards the umpire was reprehensible. Nothing less.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) February 22, 2016
— Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) February 23, 2016
But Hazlewood was defended by his former teammates Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson – who fired back at a tweet from Courier Mail journalist Ben Dorries – and the injured Mitchell Starc.
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) February 23, 2016
Bird also defended Smith and Hazlewood’s actions.
“Test cricket is a hard game and sometimes tempers can boil over and people can get frustrated,” Bird said.
“It’s quite easy to get frustrated in Test cricket. I don’t think anyone stepped over the line but if they did the ICC will take that out of our hands.”
Former captain Michael Clarke was fined in the 2013-14 Ashes after telling James Anderson to “get ready for a broken “f***ing arm”.
Cricket Australia raised the issue with the Nine Network at the time.
Shane Warne opined that Clarke was unfairly fined given the spray that Anderson directed at George Bailey was not aired.
– with AAP