Maddinson in strife for big bat, CA must break code to lift Warner ban, Bumrah stress fracture?

Durham have been docked 10 points in this year’s English County Championship after Nic Maddinson admitted to an infringement regarding the size of his bat.

The 30-year-old, who has played three Tests and six T20s for Australia, used a bat which failed a bat-gauge test in Durham’s Division Two match against Derbyshire earlier this month.

Batting No.4 at Derby, in Durham’s first innings, Maddinson had scored just one run when eagle-eyed umpire Hassan Adnan stopped play because he was concerned the bat’s measurements exceeded regulations.

Those suspicions proved well founded because the bat would not pass through a gauge in an on-field test. Maddinson had to continue with a different bat and was dropped before being dismissed for eight runs.

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The Cricket Discipline Commission considered that there was no intent by Maddinson to gain an unfair advantage but added the issue had to be dealt with on a “strict liability basis”, with the onus on players to make sure the equipment they use conforms to the laws of the game.

A 10-point penalty was therefore imposed on Thursday, with no further sanction.

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Durham began the last round of championship matches knowing they could not achieve promotion and their season ended on Thursday afternoon with a 462-run defeat against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Maddinson, who also plays for Victoria, and Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, made 40 and 13 in his two innings in the match.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: David Warner of the Thunder plays a cut shot during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder at SCG on December 21, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

David Warner. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Warner ban can’t be lifted under current CA code

David Warner’s hopes of getting his leadership ban lifted hinge on whether Cricket Australia will rewrite its code of conduct.

A report in The Age reveals that under the code, Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft gave up the right to appeal their sanctions for the 2018 ball-tampering scandal when they accepted their punishments without requesting a hearing.

According to the CA code: “Where a player or player support personnel admits the offence charged and accedes to the proposed sanction specified in the ‘Report & Notice of Charge’ form in accordance with the procedure described in Articles, the player or player support personnel waives his/her right to any appeal against the imposition of such a sanction.”

Warner is a potential candidate to replace Aaron Finch as one-day skipper after he announced his retirement from that format recently and he is also a chance to take over the T20 team with his opening partner almost certain to quit that side as well after next month’s World Cup on home soil.

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Sydney Thunder are also keen to hear from CA about whether Warner will be eligible to lead them when he makes his long-awaited return to the BBL this summer.

Bumrah in doubt for World Cup

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah could be forced out of the T20 World Cup and the next few months due to a back injury.

Bumrah has been sent for scans after the injury flared up in the clash with South Africa but complained of back pain during a practice session on Tuesday.

After sitting out the recent Asia Cup, he played two of the three matches against Australia in India.

There are fears he has developed a stress fracture which could sideline him for as much as six months.

Mohammed Shami, who was named in the reserves, is likely to come into India’s 15-man Cup squad if Bumrah is ruled out while Deepak Chahar could also be an option.

It would be a massive blow for one of the tournament favourites who are already without star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja due to a knee injury.

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Teams can make changes to their squad with ICC approval up until October 15.

The Cup kicks off on October 16 with qualifying matches at Geelong featuring Namibia vs Sri Lanka and Netherlands vs the UAE.

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