Australia's opening batsman David Warner had a heated exchange with the on-field umpire, Aleem Dar, on the third day of the final Test in Sydney. The argument came after the official penalized Australia with five runs as the swashbuckling left-hander was seen running on the pitch.
It was the 50th over of Australia's second innings Matt Henry was the bowler and on strike, it was David Warner who was batting on 106. Henry bowled full-toss angling on the pads which was easily nudged towards the mid-wicket and Warner took off for a single.
The official who had already given a warning to Marnus Labuschagne for running on the pitch earlier in the over, was not at all happy with Warner running in the danger zone.
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Once Warner changed ends, Aleem Dar walked towards him and informed his run won't count and also signalled a penalty of five runs for Australia.
Law 41.14 of MCC Laws of Cricket states, ‘it is unfair to cause deliberate or avoidable damage to the pitch'. If something like this takes place, the umpire has all the rights to penalize the batting team after a warning.
However, the left-hander was quick to respond after Dar signalled a penalty of five runs. He walked towards the second on-field umpire Marais Erasmus and said, “What do you want me to do, play the shot and jump this way?”
Saying this, he motioned sideways and moved towards the batting crease to get ready for the next delivery.
On air, former Aussie quick Brett Lee also wasn't convinced by the umpire's call and said “I think it's a fair point from David Warner. I mean, where's he meant to run?”
After being penalized for five runs, New Zealand's target was reduced to 415 runs instead of 420. However, they were bundled out for a mere 136 runs handing Australia their second consecutive clean sweep of the summer.
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