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India stand-in captain Virat Kohli, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and Australian opener David Warner have all been fined for two separate disputes that took place on the fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide.
Kohli and Dhawan were both fined 30 per cent of their match fee, while Warner was docked 15 per cent of his match fee.
The first dispute took place in the second session on the fourth day when Warner was clean bowled by India pace bowler Varun Aaron off a no-ball. After they saw the stumps being knocked back, Kohli and Aaron told Warner to head back to the pavilion, but once it was revealed that Aaron had stepped over the line, Warner shouted “come on, come on”.
Warner once again yelled “come on” after he left the next delivery. This prompted Dhawan to get involved and he and Warner exchanged a few words before the match carried on.
Kohli meanwhile was fined after he and Australian batsman Steven Smith got into an argument following an appeal for lbw off the bowling of Rohit Sharma.
All three players were charged under Article 2.1.8 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.”
Match referee Jeff Crowe revealed that all three players had accepted their fines, which means that there will be no need for a formal hearing to take place.
“Both captains agreed that they will take the lead and the responsibility for setting the example. In particular, to stop any unacceptable aggression of any kind towards opposing players,” Crowe added.