Daniel Worrall's 'drawing' skills have landed him in a soup.
According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, the little-known Melbourne Stars and South Australian paceman copped a suspension of four points (equal to two four-day matches, or four one-day or Twenty20 matches) for, well, a mischievous act.
According to a statement issued by Cricket Australia, "Worrall scratched an image of a penis and testicles into a wicket that was being prepared for a grade cricket final that coming weekend". The incident took place while Worrall was playing for the South Australia 2nd XI against Victoria's 2nd XI last Friday. Worrall will serve his suspension next season. The ground in question is Melbourne's Toorak Park.
Worrall was reported for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour by "acting in a way that was unbecoming of a representative and brought the game of cricket into disrepute".
Match referee Daryl Cox imposed the penalty. Worrall pleaded guilty to the charge but disputed the penalty, which was then upheld at a formal hearing on Tuesday morning.
South Australia Cricket Association high-performance manager Jamie Cox expressed his disappointment over Worrall's mischievous act. "We are extremely disappointed in Daniel's actions; it is not in line with the behaviour we expect of a Redbacks player. We do believe this out of character for Daniel; he regrets his behaviour and has accepted the penalty."