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Gautam Gambhir banned for one Test

Gambhir has found guilty of hitting Australian all-rounder Shane Watson with his elbow during the ongoing third Test. The ban rules him out of the Nagpur Test against Australia.

cricket Updated: Oct 31, 2008 16:16 IST

Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was on Friday banned for a Test match after being found guilty of hitting Australian all-rounder Shane Watson with his elbow during the ongoing third cricket Test.

The ban rules him out of the fourth and final Test against Australia starting November 6 in Nagpur.

"India opener Gautam Gambhir has received a one Test ban after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third Test against Australia in New Delhi," the ICC said in a statement.

Gambhir had elbowed Watson while taking a run on the opening day of the ongoing match after a heated exchange with the Aussie all-rounder.

The Indian met match referee Chris Broad this morning before the start of third day's play where he was informed of the penalty.

"The decision to find Gambhir guilty of a level 2 offence is indicative of the fact that any degree of physical contact is unacceptable," Broad said.

The hearing had been adjourned last evening to allow the match referee to review the evidence.

The opener pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule C1 of the Code (Level 2) which states that "players shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game."

Watson was found guilty of "verbally engaging" with Gambhir "in a manner that was not in keeping with the Spirit of Cricket" and fined 10 per cent of his match fee on Thursday.