Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cairns, 5th day July 13, 2004

Glenn McGrath fined for swearing

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Glenn McGrath has been fined 25 percent of his match fee, after breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct with an audible obscenity. McGrath was reported to the match referee, Chris Broad, for a level 1 offence, after an lbw appeal against Sanath Jayasuriya was turned down. Jayasuriya later fell for 22, as the second Test against Sri Lanka at Cairns was drawn.

"It's important that all players continue to observe ICC guidelines that protect the values, integrity and spirit of the game," said Broad. "The on-field umpires came to the defence of McGrath during the hearing given his exemplary behaviour prior to the offence. Evidence was brought to the hearing that Ricky Ponting approached McGrath and immediately took control of the situation, and we were satisfied that this was the appropriate course of action."

Cricket Australia confirmed that no further action would be taken against McGrath under the players' Spirit of Cricket Code.