Australia spinner Brad Hogg has been summoned to a hearing by match referee Mike Procter following an incident during the ill-tempered second Test against India in Sydney.
A statement from the International Cricket Council on Tuesday said the spinner is accused of making an offensive remark to India captain Anil Kumble and vice-captain Mahendra Dhoni on the final day on Sunday.
Hosts Australia won the match by 122 runs to equal their own record of 16 consecutive test victories. The win was overshadowed by poor umpiring and a ban on India spinner Harbhajan Singh for racially abusing Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Hogg’s alleged offence falls under the same category as Harbhajan’s —- 3.3 of the ICC code of conduct —- which refers to players or team officials “using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, gender, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin”.
The penalty for a Level 3 offence is a ban of between two and four Test matches or between four and eight One-day Internationals, the statement said. The preliminary date for the hearing is set for Jan 14 in Perth, two days prior to the third Test.
Meanwhile, The Australian team has rallied behind skipper Ricky Ponting who is facing attacks from the local media and whose removal has been demanded. “Ricky has got the full support of everyone in our team and probably every cricketer around Australia,” leading batsman Michael Hussey told reporters even as a well-known cricket columnist Peter Roebuck demanded that be be sacked as captain.
“I think he is the best captain I have played under. We go out to play the game as hard as we can but also as fairly as we can, and Ricky is very big on that,” he said. Hussey also said the Australian team had nothing to apologise for, maintaining the now-threatened series had been played in a hard but fair spirit.
The batsman, whose second Test century in Sydney has been almost forgotten amid the controversy, said he was “shocked” by Indian captain Anil Kumble’s assertion that only one team was playing in the spirit of cricket.
“That was a surprising comment and a little disappointing,” Hussey told reporters yesterday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he was filming a cricket-based Bollywood movie. “The spirit has been fantastic for the first two Tests, and not just that, for the 60 years we have been playing Test cricket against India. The two teams actually get on very well; it has been absolutely brilliant.
“That’s why I’ve been shocked (by Kumble’s remarks). There have been a lot of contentious decisions, but you’ve got to accept the umpire’s decision. It takes discipline to do that without showing any dissent,” he said.
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