Sydney, Nov 1: Australia's Michael Clarke was reprimanded by Cricket Australia for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the New South Wales Blues and Tasmanian Tigers Sheffield Shield match on Thursday (October 31).
"Michael Clarke has been reprimanded for breaching CA's Code of Behaviour on day two of the NSW Blues v Tasmanian Tigers Bupa Sheffield Shield match at Blacktown International Sportspark," CA said in a statement today.
This was Clarke's first game since recovering from back injury which ruled him out of the ongoing India ODI tour. Clarke, leading NSW Blues, scored 88 from 190 balls with 8 boundaries.
The Australian captain is preparing for the Ashes series which opens with the first Test in Brisbane on November 21.
Clarke was reported by the umpires for breaching Article 2.1.3 Showing Dissent at an Umpire's decision.
The batsman was given the benefit of the doubt when a close to the ground catch was claimed at gully. When the umpire gave a "not out" decision Clarke used the 'T sign' or player decision review signal intimating the decision should be reviewed by the third umpire. Shield matches are not televised and therefore a third umpire is not used.
As part of the code of behaviour revisions, if any player uses the T sign, in gest or not, it will lead to an automatic report as it shows dissent at the umpire decision.
Clarke admitted guilt and accepted Match Referee Daryl Harper's proposed penalty of a reprimand. A hearing was not required.
This was Clarke's first offence in the past 18 months.