New Zealand v Australia, 1st ODI, Napier March 3, 2010

Johnson and Styris fined for clash

Cricinfo staff

Mitchell Johnson and Scott Styris have been fined by the match referee after a heated clash during New Zealand's win in the first ODI in Napier. The two men were cited for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct with Johnson docked 60% of his match fee and Styris hit with a 15% fine.

The incident occurred in the 46th over of New Zealand's chase, when Styris struck Johnson for two boundaries. The players bumped shoulders and then appeared to clash heads. Initially, there was a verbal exchange between the two but at that point Johnson approached Styris and made what the umpires felt was deliberate and inappropriate physical contact with his opponent.

Johnson, who was charged with a Level 2 offence, pleaded guilty at an early stage to avoid a full hearing. Styris also avoided a full hearing and was charged with a Level 1 offence. The umpires felt Styris contributed to the verbal exchange that preceded the physical contact and that his actions contravened clause 2.1.8 which covers actions that are contrary to the spirit of cricket or bring the game into disrepute.

"Sometimes in the heat of competition players cross over the line of what is acceptable behaviour and that has clearly happened in this case," the match referee Ranjan Madugalle said. "I made it clear to them that as role models it's important that they conduct themselves not only within the laws of cricket but also in keeping with the spirit of the game."

Styris had the last laugh after leading New Zealand to a memorable final-over victory, which ended when he hit a six over long-off. He played down the incident and when asked if Johnson had headbutted him, he replied: "He may have done. It was just a bit of friendly banter. He was trying to get into my head to get me out and I was trying to win the battle over him.

"There was nothing more than normal, the Australians play good competitive cricket and I'd like to think that we'll match them in that competitiveness. There wasn't anything untoward out there."

Styris and Johnson were separated by Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the captain Ricky Ponting was also keen to keep the focus on the game. He said he had seen the incident but was not sure how it had started.

"I saw it, yeah. I was watching it from where I was fielding," Ponting said. "I'm not sure what led to it. I didn't see any build-up. There was obviously something that happened. I rushed in as quickly as I could and separated them as quick as I could and we just tried to finish off the game well from there."

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Australia have won the 3rd ODI and gone up 2 1 at this point in time its not over yet but im not gonna shut up because im proud, and cant beleive all the Aussie bashing that goes on on this site, im just waiting for some idiot to go on the Haddin scores hundred article and bagg the great team! As soon as Aus win it stops unless theres some cotroversy and the bashers try and take it away from them. Dont you know your playing a game you cant win yes India are a good team and will be for years to come but the aussies will too be strong there wont be another mid 80s where they fell down because of many reasons ! The structure is strong now and that sort of thing wont happen again ! Australia rule

  • Allan on March 7, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    People are claiming that there is some favouritism at the ICC. OK Johnson probably should have been banned but if he had then I am sure the Aussies would just take it on the chin. When some other teams players banned (for far more serious issues) they throw their toys out and threaten to charter a plane home if they dont cancel the ban!! Someone mentioned Harbhajan on here, Harbhajan got banned for slapping Sreesanth because it was nothing to do with the game at all, this was an in game tussle that went over the top.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Please Stop saying Aussies are racist crap there's nothing like that, stop being as stupid as Indian media and toughen UP PPL + Quit Whining.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Why dont you people from the sub continent talk about cricket not sour grapes because Australia are the best in the world more than 60 or 70 percent of the last 40 years thats 40 percent more than any other 4 teams except the west indies and it wont be long until The Aussies are again and you know it ! Say something i can learn from !

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Mr. Johnson is involved in fights with players all over the world. Thank God he is not in the IPL.

  • naveen on March 7, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Yeah! pure favoritism here! Remember, Gambhir had got a one test match ban when he shouldred Watson. Then how did Jhonson get away this time only win a 60% of match fees?

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    sumtims i fell these players r paid to do dis after its a big money spinner for every type of media present in dis wrld

  • mat on March 5, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Just viewed the 'clash' between Styris and Johnston, and I saw nothing more than a coming together which I believe was dealt with appropriately by the ICC. Nothing else needs to be said. Many of the comments on this page are quite hysterical in my opinion. Did anyone else notice that Styris had a helmet on?

  • Krishnan on March 5, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Its happening all over again... SA was not fined for slow over rate during the ODI series.. England are never fined (They are the "good" boys).... If you come to think of it, if they fined england, ECB will have to close down... All Match referees always turn a blind eye to the Australians.. in the first IPL harbhajan got banned for 2 matches for slapping sreesanth.. but head butting a batsmen is OK!! It can be considered a case of physical assault and if scott styris wants he can file a case.. At least Ranjan Madugalle fined them if it was Chris Broad he would have just said that it was part of the game.. And for the person calling us racists.. Please go to through what really happened in that case and don't blab whatever you want and press the post key. But whatever we say the ICC will just rake in some more money and spend a few more days in Dubai (what are they doing in a country that bans playing cricket in their public parks??) counting the cash from India. GO ICC GO!!!

  • N on March 5, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Sub-continentals have a inferior complex..period. Unless they get over this colonial mindset we cannot breakout. Look at Ranjan madugale looking all so fair...what fairness none at all. Johnson should get atleast a game know it. All hail Sunil Gavaskar to putting the dirty boys where they belong.

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