Stars coach Hussey fined for spikes joke


MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey has been fined A$2,000 for joking he was trying to gain a competitive advantage by wearing spikes during a pitch inspection before a Big Bash League clash, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

His comments, during a television interview, were found contrary to the spirit of the game and unbecoming of a coach.

He was cleared of a charge of trying to seek an unfair advantage, but had said: "You want to dot every i and cross every t and try to get the competitive advantage over the opposition."

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The former limited overs international offered an apology for his comments made on Wednesday.

"These comments were made in jest and in a light-hearted moment with the commentators," said the 42-year-old.

"I never intended to suggest that I had in any way broken the rules of the game. I realise that my comments, broadcast to our fans and supporters, may have undermined the Spirit of Cricket and for this I apologise."

His team eventually lost Wednesday's match against Adelaide Strikers.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Alison Williams)

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