New Delhi: Australian premier fast bowler Josh Hazlewood pleaded guilty to dissent on Tuesday following a profanity-laced confrontation with the umpires in the second Test against New Zealand being held at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
He was then fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his outburst on third umpire Richard Illingworth,.
Australia official website confirmed the news.
Hazlewood saw his temper flaring high after a lbw appeal for the wicket of Kane Williamson was turned down. The Aussie pacer was then heard using a swear word as players angrily converged on the umpires.
The stumps microphones had picked up the obscenity from Hazlewood and others when the Australians converged on umpires Richard Kettleborough and Ranmore Martinesz.
Kane Williamson was on 88 when the appeal was rejected by Martinesz in the last over before lunch and the third umpire Richard Illingworth, after reviewing a replay, agreed with the decision of the on-foeld umpire.
Meanwhile, Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird said that the angry reaction was down to frustration after a tough morning in the field in which they failed to take a wicket.
"We bowled pretty well in the first session and we probably thought it was out, but those 50-50 calls either go your way or they don't. It was probably the frustration of the whole session,” said Bird.
(With agency inputs)