Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd ODI, Dambulla February 24, 2004

Gilchrist fined for dissent, but Symonds cleared

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Adam Gilchrist has been fined 50% of his match fee for a level-one breach of the ICC's Code of Conduct. But his team-mate Andrew Symonds has been cleared of dissent, following an incident during the second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Sunday.

Mike Procter, the ICC match referee, viewed videotapes on Monday morning of an incident in which Symonds was first adjudged to have been out lbw but later recalled after discussions between Peter Manuel, the umpire, and Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's one-day captain.

The disciplinary inquiry in Colombo reviewed the evidence, in which Gilchrist threw down his gloves, apparently in disgust, while Symonds was alleged to have shown his bat to the umpire before walking off.

Ultimately, it was decided that Gilchrist's actions were worthy of censure, but Symonds escaped any fine. "Adam Gilchrist has been found guilty of a level-one Code of Conduct offence for showing dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse," read a statement, which added: "Andrew Symonds was found not guilty as there is a very fine line between disappointment and dissent."

After the match, Procter had praised the actions of Manuel, describing his decision as "courageous", and the sportsmanship of Atapattu, who had accepted that a mistake had been made and accepted Manuel's decision to recall Symonds. "You have to take your hat off to Marvan [Atapattu]," said Procter, although he added that Gilchrist's actions had not influenced Manuel's change of mind.

"I spoke to Peter [Manuel] minutes after he came off the field," said Procter, "and there is absolutely no question that either batsmen influenced his decision to call Symonds back."

The third one-dayer will be played under lights on Wednesday.