England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded and given one demerit point by the ICC after being found guilty of “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”.
The Level 1 offence was levelled at Bairstow by the match officials after England’s fifth T20I against New Zealand in Auckland. Bairstow was picked up by the television broadcast swearing loudly after his dismissal by Jimmy Neesham. His 18-ball 47 had kept his side in contention to win the deciding match, and Bairstow subsequently went out to bat in the Super Over as England clinched the series.
Bairstow currently has two demerit points on his record, having previously received a reprimand for swinging his bat at the stumps on being dismissed during an ODI against Pakistan in May. Accruing four during any two-year period leads to an automatic suspension.