David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne fined: The Australian duo was found guilty of running on the wickets twice at the SCG.
During the fourth day of the third Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australian pair of opening batsman David Warner and all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was fined five runs after both of them were found guilty of running on the “danger area” of the pitch.
It all happened in the 50th over of the Australian innings when umpire Aleem Dar warned Labuschagne for running on the pitch.
On the last delivery of the same over, Warner clipped a delivery from New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry for a single but was found guilty of running on the danger area and was subsequently fined five runs in addition to that delivery being a dot ball.
While the Australian opener seemed to have expressed his disagreement at the decision, it wasn’t of any use as the visitors started their second innings at 5/0.
Looking to build on a 198-run lead, Warner ended up scoring 111* (159) with the help of nine fours in a match-winning effort. In addition to Warner’s 24th Test century, Labuschagne was once again among the runs as he followed his maiden Test double century with 59 (74) in the second innings.
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon’s 18th Test five-wicket haul played a vital role in the hosts bundling out New Zealand for 136 in 47.5 overs in a 416-run chase.
David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne fined
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How Twitterati reacted:
We’re having a bit of drama with Dar thinking that both AUS batsmen are running on the pitch: Marnus first, who was warned; then Warner. Result: 5 run penalty (i.e., NZ will start their innings on 5 runs).
Can’t say I particularly agree with Dar: esp RE: Warner.#AUSvNZ
— betti w. woo (@bettiwettiwoo) January 6, 2020
Watched the running down the pitch saga and must say that is ridiculous! Where was Warner meant to run? I am glad I not still playing, I would have been banned for life! Shortest distance possible with my short stumpy pins! #AUSvNZ
— David Wilson (@Knowledge_4_all) January 6, 2020
Warner and Marnus should’ve kept running on the wicket all day to make this a bit of a contest #AUSvNZ
— Rylan Dawson (@Dawso26) January 6, 2020
David Warner at SCG 🏟️
👉 732 runs
👉 13 innings
👉 66.54 average
In his last five Tests, he has four centuries at the ground! pic.twitter.com/1Ef1etR1KH
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2020
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