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Joe Burns found guilty upon breaching CA’s code of conduct

Australian opening batsmen Joe Burns has been found guilty for breaching the Cricket Australia's (CA) code of conduct, the news was confirmed as per the media release made by CA.

Joe Burns Brisbane Heat
Brisbane player Joe Burns hits the ball during the Big Bash League. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Australian opening batsmen Joe Burns has been found guilty for breaching the Cricket Australia’s (CA) code of conduct, the news was confirmed as per the media release made by CA. The cricketer was charged for committing an offence in a game against Hobart Hurricanes playing for his home side, Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia at Gabba on January 10.

Found using foul language

The 28-year old Aussie cricketer was reported for breaching CA Code of Conduct Article 2.1.4 – using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a match. He was accused with a level 1 offence. The incident occurred in the 17th over of the Brisbane Heat’s batting innings forcing the match referee to take strict action against the individual concerned.

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As per the usual CA norms and procedure, match referee Bob Stratford after considering the match umpire’s report regarding the event, imposed a fine of $6,000 as a penalty in regards to the unlikely behaviour shown by the cricketer on the field.

Burns denied the offence

Burns came in to defend his actions as he refused to accept the claims made by the match officials of him breaching any rule as per CA’s code of conduct. Subsequently, a hearing was held the same evening at the ground to clear all sorts of claims made by both, the cricketer and the umpire as per his report to the match referee.

As per the results of the hearing, Burns was found guilty after reviewing the evidence and the match referee sanctioned the proposed fine with the cricketer opting not to appeal against the outcome, in a way accepting his offence.

Joe Burns has been one of the most consistent cricketers in the Australian domestic circuit who even showed signs of technically correct batsman in his debut game against India in the boxing day Test in 2014. Burns has represented the baggy green on 13 occasions in test cricket mustering 876 runs at a decent average of 37.96.

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