Ireland fast bowler Josh Little has been reprimanded after he violated the ICC Code of Conduct during the second ODI against England at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday (August 1). He has also been handed one demerit point by the match referee Phil Whitticase.
The charge was related to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”. The incident took place in the 16th over of the second innings, when Josh Little used inappropriate language towards Jonny Bairstow upon his dismissal.
Josh Little admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee. Consequently, there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires David Millns and Alex Wharf, third umpire Mike Burns and fourth official Martin Saggers levelled the charges.
Josh Little against England:
👕 2 matches
☝️ 7 wickets
🔥 Bowling average of 15
— ICC (@ICC) August 1, 2020
England seal series:
England, meanwhile, beat Ireland by four wickets in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead and seal the three-match series with a match to go. Chasing a modest 213, England made a flying start thanks to Bairstow’s whirlwind knock of 82 from just 41 balls.
But Bairstow’s dismissal opened the floodgates as Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali soon followed – all to Josh Little – leaving England reeling at 137 for 6. But before Ireland could make further inroads, Sam Billings and David Willey shared a 79-run stand to see the hosts home with 17.3 overs to spare. Billings ended with an unbeaten 46 and Willey was 47 not out.
Earlier in the match, Ireland were 91-6 at one stage before Curtis Campher impressed again to take the tourists to a respectable score. He followed his half-century on debut in the first ODI with 68 and also took 2 for 44.