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Justin Langer avoids sanctions over referee blow up, David Boon

Australian coach Justin Langer has avoided sanctions after he blew up at match referee and former teammate David Boon following a controversial concussion replacement in the opening T20 international in Canberra.

Before Australia started its unsuccessful pursuit of India’s 161, Langer was left furious with Boon after Indian star Ravi Jadeja was allowed a concussion replacement.

ICC officials allowed India’s 12th man Yuzvendra Chahal to replace Jadeja at the bowling crease with the leg-spinner producing a man of the match performance, taking 3-25 from four overs.

However, it’s understood match referee Boon will not make anything out of the situation with Langer which will now see the Australian coach escape any sanctions for the heated confrontation. The Indian cricket team was also cleared of any wrongdoing out of the concussion replacement.

Indian captain Virat Kohli after the match said there were “no plans” to play Chahal in the opening T20 before he was substituted into the game.

“There were no plans of him being in the game. Jaddu got a knock in the last over in the side of the head and he was a bit dizzy, and still is,” he told Fox Cricket.

“Concussion replacements, they’re a strange thing. Today it worked for us maybe another day we wouldn’t have found a like-for-like (replacement), who knows.

“He still came in and bowled really well. As he said he had no pressure and he was stepping in and just had to bowl at the right spots and the pitch offered him enough to trouble the batsmen

“All in all I think we showed character to fight back in the game and really squeezed the opposition when the pressure was on.”

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