Cricket world turns on Marcus Stoinis over 'disgusting' on-field act

Marcus Stoinis, pictured here appearing to accuse Muhammad Hasnain of throwing in The Hundred.
Marcus Stoinis appeared to accuse Muhammad Hasnain of throwing in The Hundred. Image: Fox Sports/Getty

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.

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.

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."

Marcus Stoinis, pictured here in action for Southern Brave against The Oval Invincibles in The Hundred.
Marcus Stoinis in action for Southern Brave against The Oval Invincibles in The Hundred. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell stars for London Spirit

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.

with AAP

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