Former Australian Test cricketer Ed Cowan has savaged England opener Jason Roy for his behaviour during the World Cup semi-final.
Roy was hit with his second fine of the World Cup, having unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at an umpire while marching England to victory over Australia, but the in-form opener is in no doubt of missing Sunday's final through suspension.
Roy top-scored in England's eight-wicket win in the semi-final, passing 50 for the third consecutive time since returning from a hamstring injury.
However, the knock of 85 was marred by an uncontrollable fit of indignant rage directed at umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
Roy fumed after being wrongly given out caught behind, with replays confirming his bat was nowhere near the bouncer delivered by Pat Cummins.
But Cowan, speaking on ABC Grandstand’s World Cup podcast, said his behaviour was an “absolute disgrace”.
“The dissent he showed was almost soccer-like, up, remonstrating with the umpires,” he said.
“Realistically, he should be given a one-match ban.
“What he did was an absolute disgrace.
“What he did was as bad a level of dissent as you could ever possibly show.”
Roy cops two demerit points
The 28-year-old eventually accepted his marching orders but continued to vent, seemingly describing the incorrect decision as a "f****g" embarrassment.
Roy was given two demerit points, equalling the heaviest penalty for dissent handed down since the International Cricket Council (ICC) adopted its current system in 2016, and fined 30 per cent of his match fee.