Hosts England beat arch-rivals Australia comprehensively by eight wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. By the virtue of this win, the three-time finalists have qualified for the World Cup final for the first time since 1992 and will now face New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday.
Coming back to this contest, there were a lot of moments which included Jofra Archer's short ball hitting Aussie wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey on the chin and the youngster playing a brave knock for his country, Jos Buttler's unbelievable method of running out the dangerous Steve Smith, etc. However, something serious rather an unfortunate incident took place in the second innings which involved English opener, Jason Roy.
It happened in the 20th over of England's run chase which was bowled by Pat Cummins. On the fourth delivery, the pacer bowled a short ball on the leg side as Roy attempted to play a pull shot. Stumper Alex Carey took a good catch to his left and the Aussies appealed confidently. The on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena took some time but eventually raised his finger as Jason Roy was left shell-shocked.
He decided to go for the review but Australia's Steve Smith reminded him that his team had no review left. A disappointed Roy then went on to have a word with square leg umpire Marais Erasmus and also telling something to Dharmasena. The replays showed that Roy was indeed right as there was no spike on the Ultra Edge. But, since England had no review left, the South African born batsman had to walk back for a blistering 65-ball 85 as he fell short of a well-deserved ton.
The video of Roy's controversial dismissal was posted by ICC.
Things did not end there for the explosive opening batsman as he was fined 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire's decision.
Roy was fined for breaching Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct.
"Roy was found to have breached Article 2.8 ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to showing dissent at an umpires' decision in an international match. In addition to the 30 per cent fine, two demerit points have been added to Roy's disciplinary record," the ICC said in a statement.
Roy admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth official Aleem Dar levelled the charges against the hard-hitting right-hander.
(With PTI Inputs)