Joe Root received an official reprimand and a point of demerit, after having violated the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
The incident occurred at the 76th place in Sri Lanka. In the innings, it was considered that Root had shown dissidence in the decision of the referee Marais Erasmus when shaking the head and then kicking the grass after Dilruwan Perera had not been expelled from Moeen Ali.
Root pleaded not guilty to the charge and, as such, a hearing took place at the close of the second day. The referee of the match, Andy Pycroft, considered that the captain of England was guilty of violating Article 2.8 of the Code of Conduct of the ICC that is related to "showing dissent before the decision of an arbitrator during an international match".
The charge was leveled by the field the Erasmus referees and S. Ravi, the third referee Chris Gaffaney and the fourth referee Ranmore Martinesz.
Level 1 infractions carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's fee and one or two demerits
. This was the first demerit point of the Root race. When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they become suspension points, after which a player is banned.
Two suspension points equal one Test ban or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever occurs first for the player.