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BURNS FINED FOR 'OBSCENE, OFFENSIVE OR INSULTING LANGUAGE OR GESTURE'

Brisbane Heat batsman has been hit with $6,000 penalty after clash with Hobart Hurricanes

Brisbane Heat batsman Joe Burns has been fined $6,000 after being found guilty of “using a language or gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting” during his side's Big Bash match against Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Cricket Australia confirmed that Burns has chosen not to appeal after a hearing deemed he had breached their code of conduct during the encounter at the Gabba.

The incident occurred during the 17th over of the Heat’s innings in a game which they lost by three runs, when Alex Ross was controversially given out obstructing the field. Burns was in the Brisbane dugout at the time.

Match referee Bob Stratford studies the umpires’ report before deciding on the $6,000 fine.

Burns initially denied the offence, meaning a hearing was necessary and that took place at the Gabba on Wednesday evening.

Joe Burns has been fined by Cricket Australia

He was subsequently found guilty and the proposed sanctions were imposed.

Cricket Australia said the indiscretion was Burns’ second in the space of 18 months.

"Burns was reported for breaching CA Code of Conduct Article 2.1.4 – using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a match – a Level 1 offence," a statement from the governing body read.

"As per the CA Code of Conduct procedure, Match Referee Bob Stratford considered the umpires’ report, and proposed a sanction of a $6,000 fine should the player accept the umpire’s version of events.

“Burns denied the offence and subsequently a hearing occurred at the ground that evening.

“Upon review of the evidence, the match referee concluded that Burns was guilty, and the proposed sanction was imposed, with Burns electing not to appeal the outcome.”

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