Marcus Stoinis has come under fire from cricket fans and commentators after seemingly accusing a rival bowler of 'throwing' in The Hundred.
The Aussie all-rounder was in action for the Southern Brave against the Oval Invincibles on Sunday when he was dismissed by Pakistan speedster Muhammad Hasnain.
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Stoinis whacked a quick-fire 37 from 27 balls with two fours and two sixes, and was the Brave's highest scorer in their total of 6-137.
However the Aussie star wasn't happy after being dismissed by Husnain, gesturing that he believed the bowler was 'throwing' as he made his way from the field.
— Farid Khan 🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@_FaridKhan) August 14, 2022
Stoinis could be seen imitating Husnain's bowling action as he left the pitch, featuring a pretty clear reference to the Pakistani having an illegal action.
Husnain was found guilty of having an illegal action in February after he was reported by an umpire in the Big Bash League while playing for the Sydney Thunder.
He has since made changes to his action and been cleared by the ICC to return to bowling, turning out for the Invincibles in the 100-ball competition in England.
Fans and commentators were quick to condemn Stoinis on Sunday.
“This is poor. There‘s a system in place to regulate bowling actions and it doesn’t include publicly questioning your opponent’s integrity," Daniel Brettig of The Age tweeted.
Others described it as 'disgusting' and 'disappointing' from the Aussie.
Yeah, this is poor. There's a system in place to regulate bowling actions and it doesn't include publicly questioning your opponent's integrity https://t.co/QNKVX3OLR2
— Daniel Brettig 🏏 (@danbrettig) August 14, 2022
Downright disgusting from Stoinis- I hope the match referee takes some form of disciplinary action. Hasnain has been cleared and verified by an AUSTRALIAN independent expert. https://t.co/401A7HW3XY
— AmerCric (@Amermalik12) August 14, 2022
Disappointing reaction from Marcus Stoinis after he was dismissed by Mohammad Hasnain. How about sticking to playing cricket and letting the officials do their job #TheHundred #Cricket pic.twitter.com/oYOSb12GTr
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) August 14, 2022
Who does Marcus Stoinis think he is? He got dismissed by Mohammad Hasnain tonight in #TheHundred and he went off signalling as if Hasnain was chucking! Disrespectful, really! If you can't play him, you know where the dressing room is. You're not Ricky Ponting, pipe down!
— Farid Khan 🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@_FaridKhan) August 14, 2022
I was wondering what Stoinis was doing, and now it seems pretty obvious. Calling Hasnain a chucker like this = sour grapes.
Really poor sportsmanship and reminds me of the 2000 Aussie team attitude to subcontinent teams. https://t.co/RSThqDb19R
— Radio Cricket formerly AltCricket (@RadioCricket) August 14, 2022
other than the fact that stoinis has a clear as day view, you can see in screen grabs that the arm is bent, and that players can go back after being cleared just to chuck it again? pic.twitter.com/aDwtSS9LFF
— harry (@osvaldo_fan_fan) August 14, 2022
Hasnain was previously questioned by Moises Henriques during a BBL game last summer when the Sydney Sixers captain commented "nice throw mate" after a bouncer from the Pakistani.
“Right from the first game he played and through to the tournament, it seemed that there was a few question marks there,” Henriques said at the time.
“I guess from my point of view, we knew already it had been reported. I feel like the umpires are a little bit hamstrung in terms of what they can actually do on the cricket field, because they’re so worried about backlash and public opinion.
“I could definitely argue that what he was doing was not in the spirit of the game.
“And I also agree that possibly I got a little bit emotional and frustrated and I was a bit overt with my comments out in the middle. But you know, I called a spade a spade and that was my opinion."
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Meanwhile, Will Jacks hammered the highest-ever score in the competition to guide the Invincibles to their third-straight victory, beating Southern Brave by seven wickets.
Jacks, who struck 81 in his previous game against Welsh Fire, this time thrashed 108 not out from 48 balls to overtake Will Smeed's 101 for Birmingham Phoenix four days earlier.
The 23-year-old's innings included eight sixes and 10 fours as the Invincibles coasted home with 18 deliveries still unused.
And Glenn Maxwell shone with bat and ball in the earlier game to help London Spirit maintain their perfect record.
Adam Rossington took centre stage with the competition's fastest fifty - smashed off just 15 balls - as Spirit made mincemeat of their 144-run target against Northern Superchargers at Headingley.
But Maxwell also played a big part in helping wrap up the seven-wicket win - with 18 balls to spare - as the Lord's franchise almost certainly wrapped up a place in the knock-out stages by winning their fourth-straight match.
The Aussie star cracked an unbeaten 43 off just 25 balls to steer them home after earlier conceding just six runs and taking a key wicket off 15 balls.
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