Sydney: Batsman Marcus Stoinis has been fined A$7,500 (3,984 pounds) for directing personal abuse at Australia teammate Kane Richardson during a Big Bash League Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Stoinis apologized “unreservedly” for the abuse during the Melbourne derby between the Stars and Renegades teams.
“I got caught in the moment and took it too far,” the Melbourne Stars batsman said in a statement.
Stoinis is the top scorer in this year’s Big Bash League with 281 runs but was dropped from the Australia squad for this month’s one-day series in India. Paceman Richardson will tour.
Australia fast bowler James Pattinson missed the first test of the home season against Pakistan in November for personal abuse of an opponent while playing for Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match.
Cricket Australia has cracked down on bad behavior by its players since the ball-tampering scandal during a test against South Africa in 2018 led to one-year bans for then captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.