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Warne facing another suspension

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:57PM AEST | by Omnisport 4

Shane Warne is facing another ban for not naming himself captain for the Melbourne Stars' Big Bash semi-final defeat to the Perth Scorchers.

Just nine days after the 43-year-old landed in hot water for his mid-pitch altercation with West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels, Warne could be sanctioned again for devising a ploy to avoid slow over rates.

The legendary spinner had already been warned about his slow over rates and was facing suspension, so the Stars listed James Faulkner as skipper for Wednesday's semi-final to avoid that possibility.

Warne risked missing the final if Melbourne advanced but is now facing a separate ban for 'breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour'.

"Warne is alleged to have breached Rule 5: Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game," a CA statement read.

"On 5 December 2012, KFC T20 Big Bash League teams were sent a memo by Cricket Australia.

"Under the heading 'Over Rates', the memo stated that 'If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain, this will be considered against the spirit of cricket and may attract a code of behaviour charge'.

"For tonight's match, James Faulkner was listed on the Melbourne Stars team sheet as captain and took part in the coin toss with Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich.

"Warne had previously been issued with one strike for a slow over rate violation, with a second strike this season resulting in an automatic one-match suspension."

Warne made headlines last week when he got involved in a series of fiery exchanges with Melbourne Renegades' batsman Samuels during their derby clash and launched a scathing attack on CA's national rotation policy on Tuesday.

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First Posted 17 January, 2013 7:51AM AEST

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