Waugh cleared of a charge of dissent, Victoria wins

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Steve Waugh has been cleared of a charge of dissent arising from Sunday's domestic One-day match between New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Waugh, the NSW skipper, had stood his ground for several seconds after being caught at short mid-wicket by David Hussey and given out by umpire Tony Soulsby. He was unconvinced the ball had carried to Hussey. A subsequent 45-minute hearing chaired by Victoria's Australian Cricket Board (ACB) commissioner Ron Beazley found that the charge was not sustained. The charge was laid by third umpire Geoff Morrow and match referee Malcolm Smith under clause five of the code of behaviour which covers intimidation of umpires and dissent. NSW lost the match by six wickets. It capped a dramatic few days for the Australian Test skipper, who was struck in the temple region by an errant throw while fielding for NSW in a Sheffield Shield match on Friday. Waugh, fielding in the covers, was struck flush by a wayward Stuart Clark throw. He walked from the ground and was taken to hospital for a precautionary scan. NSW team physio Pat Farhart said Waugh underwent several scans which confirmed there were no fractures. The scans also determined there was no bleeding of the brain.

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