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Ponting fined for throwing bat

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February 20, 2013

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Ricky Ponting hit 95 to help set up victory for Tasmania, Western Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Perth, February 19, 2013
Ricky Ponting was furious after a run-out prevented him from scoring a century © Getty Images
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Ricky Ponting has been fined $250 by Cricket Australia for throwing his bat after he was dismissed while playing a domestic limited overs match for Tasmania against Western Australia in Perth.

Ponting threw his bat in the air on the way back to the pavilion after he was run out for 95 in a mix-up with the young batsman Jordan Silk, the blade landing a couple of metres in front of him. The incident was captured by the broadcasters' television cameras.

Given that it was Ponting's first offence in the past 18 months, he was eligible to receive the minimum penalty - an official reprimand. However CA chose to press the case further, calling the disciplinary hearing, at which Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge, and levying the fine.

"Although it was Ponting's first offence in the last 18 months," A CA statement said, "given the nature of the incident CA objected to the prescribed penalty of an official reprimand for a first time offender of the Code of Behaviour and requested the charge be heard in front of a CA Code of Behaviour Commissioner.

"The hearing occurred in Perth this afternoon in front of Commissioner Rob O'Connor. Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $250."

Ponting's 95 led Tasmania to a 51-run victory at the WACA ground. He has scored 209 runs at an average of 41.80 in five Ryobi Cup matches this season.

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Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

The incident itself may have had nothing to it but $250 for Ricky Ponting is pittance. How about he gives the $250 to charity instead of Cricket Australia?

Posted by featurewriter on (February 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I was one of about 800 people at the game. There was nothing in it. Ponting tossed his bat in the even looked like he was trying to toss it up high and then catch it...but it landed to far in front of him. He should never have been fined or even cautioned. Ridiculous. I think sporting authorities in Australia have bigger issues to contend with right now.

Posted by dabidoo on (February 21, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge Calm down precious. You clearly haven't seen the footage, it was nothing to get up in arms about. Just CA trying to get in the news again

Posted by farkin on (February 21, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

oh some one ran him out for a change know wonder he got spanky

Posted by Chris_P on (February 21, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

@satishchandar. Mate, if you can't uderstand what is written don't comment. Ponting was run out in a mix up with Silk, then walked off. When he was near the gate about METRES away from the narest fielder, he tossed his bat to the grund in total frustration, something we have all done at some point when batting. Try for once reading articles carefully please.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 21, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

THE LEGEND LION never forget how to ROAR. Fire still burns. RTP you a great player and LEADER.

Posted by azzaman333 on (February 21, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

I'd have racked up at least 2 or 3 of those fines this season if CA was watching my matches. Cmon, this is being too precious. The bat was nowhere near anyone except Ponting. It was a relatively restrained display of frustration that threatened no one.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (February 21, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

How dare this competitive professional sportman get visibly upset in his workplace. Doesn't he know he has to act as a robot so he doesn't get one of the 500+ bureaucrats at the ground upset on someone elses behalf. I mean, good lord, there may have been 10 people watching and one of them may have been an impressionable child who once saw Ponting as a role model. The sooner there are more people in the pavilion who don't actually play, but have the right 'credentials' to interpret the lowest level of emotion allowable....well then the 'game' will be fit for consumption and be a product the CA front office can be proud of. Until then we're going to have to be protected from sports people who show emotional responses to situations like being run out 5 runs short of a century.

Posted by TNA22 on (February 21, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Funny how only one person in these comments before me has actually seen the throw, yet everyone is saying how bad it is.

The whole point of this fine is to stop a player doing it again. Ricky has been playing pro for over 20 years, there is no point trying to teach him because he would know more then the people handing out the fine.

Marlon Samuels threw his bat further then Ponting and he threw it at someone and no fine for him, so there should be no fine for Ricky.

I've seen club cricketers throw the bat worse then this and no one care so this should never have been an issue.

Posted by MAK123 on (February 21, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

This is preposterous! CA, stop humiliating your benefactors for without them, nobody would know you. Ponting has earned at least this much as to show emotions on missing out on a 100

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

This is the bloke that was the head of our national cricket team for years. A total muppet and a disgrace to the game of cricket. The sooner to retires altogether from all forms of cricket the better. What a great example to your cricketers everywhere. Tool.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 21, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

I imagine everyone commenting hasnt seen the incident, he threw the bat in the air and had planned to catch it but it sliped slightly. No malice, no possible chance of injury to any person. Its a joke that he has been fined let alone be labeled a disgrace by a number of keyboard warriors. Look at the incident before commenting.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

$250 for Ponting is like 5 cents for me. What a joke! Although, the incident is trivial.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

@scotty-wilson1: 'twas exactly the same thing, right!

Posted by satishchandar on (February 21, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

He threw the bat in the air or towards Silk? If it is towards Silk, Ponting should be ashamed of himself. A legendary cricketer shouldn't behave like a small kid for losing out a 100. If it was in the air and accidentally landed near Silk, it doesn't even merit a discussion leave alone a fine..

Posted by CricketChat on (February 21, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

This is really silly!. He didn't throw bat at anyone. Besides, he is no ordinary player to be slapped with a fine and reprimand like that. Aus and world cricket owes him a lot. There is no need to suffocate players with meaningless disciplinary actions.

Posted by luvindia on (February 21, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Like warne, now ponting should tweet something about CA management. :-)

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

I agree, fair result, but why throw your bat when you have just scored 95, I never got past 73. It is also not good look for our youngsters. Good to see Ricky still playing even if he gets cranky with hisselt.

Posted by Apu_the_ripper on (February 21, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

Real classy, Ricky. As usual. I can't imagine how embarrassing it must be for a 40-year old of Ponting's stature to sit through a humiliating 'hearing'.

But really, while I never liked Ricky and am absolutely loving this story, the whole thing seems ridiculous. The guy threw his bat up in the air! Is that really a big deal? I guess I'd have to see the video.

Posted by Meety on (February 21, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Good onya Punter. The bat should of been aimed at Sutherland!

Posted by Chris_P on (February 21, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

He was like nearly off the ground, just been run out for a fantastic 95 (by an incredible piece of fielding by Michael Hussey) & he tossed his bat to the ground in frustration. I mean come on guys, he shows he still has great passion for the game he obviously loves playing. Which one of us who play has never tossed their bat away in frustration of a dumb shot that cost us our wicket? No one was in danger, I think the nearest fielder was like 40 metres away, isn't it human emotion to show frustration? Considering the circumstances, it's unbelievable he has to front up.

Posted by derpherp on (February 20, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

Good to see he still has passion for the game. I'm sure there would be many other ex legends of the game who would have just thought "oh well" after being run out for 95.

Posted by Dashgar on (February 20, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

If this was tennis Ponting would have taken every bat out of his cricket bag and ritually smashed each one. Good on Cricket Australia for staying on top of this. It's a minor incident for sure but we don't want to allow any of this behaviour to creep into our great game and ruin it like tennis has been. Ponting won't be hurt by the fine at all but it sends the right message.

Posted by Rowayton on (February 20, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

a) Ponting's scored 113 first-class and List A centuries, so getting out for 95 is no big deal for him. b) if you behave like a brat, you deserve to be treated like one.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

I was there at the match and thought it was a pretty tame incident. Australian Cricket is lucky the likes of Ponting and Hussey were playing in the game. It was one of the more interesting Rypbi Cup games of the summer, if it weren't for FOX, there would hardly been any promotion of the game at all. Pity CA didn't invest a bit more time in promoting the 50 over comp, rather than pouring all it's time into the BBL. The Sheffield Shield is heading for an exciting finale, thankfully the national broadsheet "The Australian" shows some interest in it.

Posted by Mitcher on (February 20, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Great opportunity for some little people below to make themselves feel better by denigrating someone who has actually achieved things in his life. And no, being a keyboard warrior doesn't count.

Posted by Guyvillageman on (February 20, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

One of the greats of the game, he deserves a break !!

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 20, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

These cricket fines are a joke! $250? Really?

Posted by scotty-wilson1 on (February 20, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Didn't samuels only get a slap on the wrist for throwing his bat at another player? Strange fine

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Just another example of how CA condones poor sportmanship within the game. $250??? PHFTT!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 20, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

You beauty. His rant at the England dressing room during the 2005 Ashes was one of my all time favs. from Punter. Keep it up!

Posted by SnowSnake on (February 20, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Minor fine for minor violation. Fair result overall.

Posted by Ragav999 on (February 20, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Once again Ponting proves that love or hate him, you can't ignore him. All Ponting fans and haters know that the passion behind the actions is what make him so endearing/hateable. You can take Ponting out of cricket but can't take cricket out of Ponting. His legend keeps growing even after his retirement.

Posted by pull_shot on (February 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

same passion for domestic matches that's why this man reached unbelievable heights POINTING UR LEGEND...............

Posted by EngineerKhan on (February 20, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Getting furious for being run-out on 95 is a natural thing. Indeed Ponting set a bad example in front of the young partner by throwing his bat, but was natural. I agree that CA is right at fining as by doing so, they sent a clear message that no one is above the rules.

Posted by cricket_frenzy on (February 20, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

the same old punter....old and dirty habits die his case never die

Posted by MitenD on (February 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

I cannot believe this is being blown out of proportion like this. Getting out at 95 sucks and is painful! He threw his bat a few feet in front of him. What is the big deal here?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

$250 is chicken feed ,next game pointing will get a 100 !

Posted by AB_DeVilliers on (February 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

He should be banned from all test matches!

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 20, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Well, So much for a legend (of course I wouldn't call him a legend) of Australian Cricket. I guess he is losing it as he gets older. I wonder what that young batman thought of Ponting at that time. He has never been a role model to young cricketers and he will never be. Hasn't he realized that he is out of international cricket already. So who cares if he makes a 100 or gets out at 95 in some county cricket match.

Posted by Tumbarumbar on (February 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Clearly none of the whiner who commented saw the incident. It was a nothing incident. If Ponting got fined for that then players should get fined for hitting the ground if they miss a catch, slapping themselves on the pad with the bat if they play a bad ball or, dare I say it, threatening not to play if decisions don't go their way.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

What a shame! He should be ban.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Your a legend Punter......

Posted by Willow01307 on (February 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

You have got to be kidding!!!! he was run out for 95 and he threw his bat in the air and gets fined....what is this world coming to?? i bet if any of you were runout for 95 you'd be doing more than throwing your bat in the air!!!! How about worrying about our Aussie teams winning some cricket instead of pathetic fines!!!!!

Posted by TengaZool on (February 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Serial offender. They might not have fined him at all - what sort of a deterrent is 250 bucks for someone who earns millions of dollars. Good player, but never really was a great sportsman. What a shame.

Posted by Baundele on (February 20, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

How much does Ricky's breakfast cost? He broke a TV in the dressing room during an international match not long ago.

Posted by Sadhanand on (February 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Ponting is one of the best competitive cricketers I have seen.....he takes things seriously...has to just control emotions...great player...Punter you are a legend...

Posted by farhan4050 on (February 20, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Just $2500. I bet his kid's pocket money is more then that.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

At least the passion is still there, which is good to see!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Just $250 ? Are you kidding me!

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