Shane Warne reported after not naming himself captain for the Big Bash semi
Last Updated: January 16, 2013 4:17pm
Shane Warne: Could receive another suspension
Cricketing great Shane Warne is once again in trouble with the authorities following a tumultuous Big Bash semi-final in Perth.
Warne's Melbourne Stars suffered a dramatic last-ball defeat to the Perth Scorchers and the 43-year-old has been reported by Cricket Australia (CA) for not naming himself as captain on the official team sheet.
James Faulkner, whose costly final-delivery no-ball contributed hugely to the Stars' defeat, was instead named captain in a move which may have been designed to prevent Warne from receiving a ban for slow over rates.
The legendary leg-spinner had only just returned from the one-game ban he was given following an angry on-pitch confrontation with Marlon Samuels and he may now be handed a further suspension, tarnishing what may prove to be his final game of competitive cricket.
A CA Statement said on Wednesday: "Cricket Australia has today advised that Shane Warne has been reported for breaching CA's code of behaviour in tonight's KFC T20 Big Bash League semi-final between the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers.
"Warne is alleged to have breached Rule 5: Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game.
"On 5 December 2012, KFC T20 Big Bash League teams were sent a memo by Cricket Australia. Under the heading 'Over Rates', the memo stated that 'If a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain, this will be considered against the spirit of cricket and may attract a code of behaviour charge'.
"For tonight's match, James Faulkner was listed on the Melbourne Stars team sheet as captain and took part in the coin toss with Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich.
"Warne had previously been issued with one strike for a slow over rate violation, with a second strike this season resulting in an automatic one-match suspension.
"The time and date of the hearing is yet to be determined."
Warne is one of Australia's greatest ever cricketers, having taken 708 Test wickets during an incredible international career which ended when he retired after a 5-0 Ashes win in 2007.
He returned to competitive cricket in Australia for the first time when the Big Bash League was launched last year but was denied a trip to this year's final when Faulkner's dramatic no-ball gave the Scorchers a free hit and Mike Hussey then hit the boundary which took them to the final.