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Warner cops reprimand

UPDATED 06 February, 2013 10:13AM AEST | by James Willoughby 23

Australia batsman David Warner has been slapped with an official reprimand after pleading guilty to an ICC code of conduct offence in Sunday's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Warner – who top-scored for Australia with 60 – was visibly disappointed with the decision that saw him dismissed lbw off the bowling of Thisara Perera.

After standing his ground initially before walking off shaking his head, the 26-year-old was found to have breached the code relating to 'showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match'.

Warner accepted the Level 1 offence after the match, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.

All of the umpires involved in the match – Paul Reiffel and Marais Erasmus (on the field), Richard Kettleborough (third umpire) and John Ward (fourth umpire) – reported the incident.

From the KFC T20 Big Bash League, meanwhile, West Indian and Melbourne Renegades all-rounder Marlon Samuels was also given a reprimand on Monday, with Cricket Australia (CA) finally ruling on his altercation with Shane Warne in Melbourne derby.

After a verbal altercation between Samuels and Warne flared up, the latter grabbed the shirt of the Renegades batsman before tossing a cricket ball at him moments later when fielding.

Warne claimed it was intended for his side's wicketkeeper afterwards but Samuels reacted furiously, throwing his bat in the direction of the Australian spinner.

Despite 43-year-old Warne being slapped with a $4500 fine and a one-match ban for the incident, Samuels was only reprimanded, acknowledging that his 'unbecoming behaviour' was a result of 'extreme provocation'.

A charge against Samuels for engaging in appropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials was dismissed.

Another CA hearing – conducted by commissioner John Price – saw Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry have a charge for 'unbecoming behaviour' dismissed.

Berry was involved in a pre-match argument with Samuels before the Strikers played the Renegades at Etihad Stadium.

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First Posted 21 January, 2013 7:54PM AEST

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