Watson in hot water

03 January 2018 22:18:25 GMTPlus11

Shane Watson is walking a suspension tightrope after Sydney Thunder were penalized for a slow over rate in the Big Bash League.

The Thunder were punished for being behind time in defeat to Hobart Hurricanes at Spotless Stadium on New Year's Day.

Sydney were found to be six minutes behind the scheduled time to complete their 20 overs, after allowances, equating to one over short.

Captain Watson receives one strike on his charge sheet and accruing two results in a one-match ban.

In addition to that reprimand, in accordance with the BBL playing conditions each member of the playing XI was offered a $1,000 fine - reduced to $500 per player because they accepted without appeal.

The 36-year-old Watson - who retired from international cricket in early 2016 - is the leading run scorer in the seventh edition of the BBL.

The all-rounder has 222 runs from the opening five matches - which have seen his team win two and lose three.

England star and Sydney Thunder team-mate Jos Buttler is the closest to Watson with 181 runs.

The Thunder are 1213.00 to win the Big Bash title this season.

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