Hazlewood fined for foul-mouth rant

Josh Hazlewood (Getty Images)
Josh Hazlewood (Getty Images)

Christchurch - Cricket authorities have fined Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood 15 per cent of his match fee for a foul-mouthed rant during the second Test against New Zealand.

Hazlewood was hauled before match referee Chris Broad after stumps Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a charge of dissent.

His profanity-laced outburst after losing an lbw appeal was picked up by the stumps microphone and broadcast around the world.

"Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct," the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

He was found to have breached an article in the Code of Conduct which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match".

The maximum penalty for a first offence is 50 per cent of a player's match fee.

Hazlewood's outburst has prompted players to call for audio picked up by on-field microphones not to be publically available.

"We're all for having technology in the game and it's great for viewers at home. I don't see why the stump mics need to be broadcast to the whole world and I'm not sure why they were," Hazlewood's teammate Jackson Bird said.

"Test cricket is a hard game and sometimes tempers can boil over and people can get frustrated."

Australia go into the final day of the Test on Wednesday at 70-1 needing a further 131 runs to win the second and final Test and take the series 2-0 to go top in the world rankings.

Joe Burns is on 27 with Usman Khawaja 19.

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