Australia star David Warner could land in hot water with the ICC after venting his frustration at the umpire’s decision during the World Cup clash against Sri Lanka on Tuesday (October 14). Warner was given out lbw by on-field umpire Joel Wilson in the fourth over, despite the fact that the ball looked like it would miss the stumps due to height and angle. Warner reviewed the decision, but the third umpire upheld the umpire’s call.
The Australian opener was furious with the decision and did not shy away from venting his frustration. He was seen turning back and shouting at Wilson while making his way back to the pavilion.
Former cricketer-turned-commentator Simon Doull has urged the ICC to take action against Warner, saying that he should be sanctioned for swearing at the umpire.
“David Warner will lose some match fee. If he doesn’t then there’s something wrong. The way he turned back and swore at Joel Wilson is… there’s got to be some match fee gone there. This sort of stuff really bugs me. It’s given out, it’s clipping the stumps. The next time David Warner is fielding, he attempts a run-out and the ball just clips the stumps, the bail falls out, will he go to the batter and say ‘sorry mate, come back? It’s just clipping’,” said Simon Doull on Cricbuzz.
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He further added, “If the ball hits the stumps, it’s out. Don’t swear at the umpire. He is looking at it in real time. When I looked at it live, I thought yeah close shout. The umpire is looking at it one time and making the decision. And in the end, his decision proved to be right. It wasn’t a bad decision, it wasn’t wrong.”
Australia went on to win the match by five wickets, but Warner’s outburst at the umpire could come at a cost. The ICC has a strict policy on player misconduct, and Warner could be fined or suspended for his actions.
It is important for players to respect the umpire’s decision, even if they disagree with it. Warner’s outburst was a poor example, and it is hoped that he will learn from his mistake.