Australian opener Marcus Harris has been hit with a one-match suspension after an incident in Victoria’s Sheffield Shield draw against Tasmania this week.
Harris was part of the Victorian side that was left disappointed by a frustrating draw after rain disrupted play on day four of their match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, the 28-year-old’s charge came after an incident on the first day of their match.
Harris was dismissed for 15 in the first innings after being given out caught behind off Beau Webster.
Vision from the match shows that Harris clearly disagreed with the decision, seemingly indicating to the umpire that the ball glanced his elbow and not his bat.
He was left shaking his head as he walked off the ground and slammed his bat into the MCG surface.
As a result, Cricket Australia have confirmed that Harris was charged under their Code of Conduct and received a suspension point.
“Victoria player Marcus Harris has been suspended for one match after accepting a charge for abuse of equipment during his side’s Marsh Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania on March 5,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
“Harris was found guilty of a Level 1 offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct and accepted a penalty of one suspension point and 50% of his match fee.
“The offence was Harris’ second in an 18-month period.
“As a result of this sanction, Harris will miss Victoria’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Tasmania on March 10 due to suspension.”
Harris’ last offence came in September 2019 during a One-Day Cup game, also against Tasmania, at the WACA.
Harris hit the off stump with his bat after being bowled by James Faulkner.
He was then slapped with a fine for 25% of his match fee and a suspension point.
Victoria will be without Harris as well as James Pattinson, Jon Holland and Will Sutherland for their One-Day Cup clash against Tasmania.
The latter three have all been rested after consecutive Shield matches.
“With such a busy schedule we’re taking the opportunity to rest some of the players who have carried a heavy load in our recent Shield games,” Victorian Chairman of Selectors Andrew Lynch said.
“This also provides an opportunity for some of the younger players within the squad and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can produce on Wednesday.”
VICTORIA ONE-DAY SQUAD VS. TASMANIA
Peter Handscomb (Captain)