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

Johnson and Styris fined for clash

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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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  • 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

  • 158notout 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • Rohan.Dhanerwal 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?

  • 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

  • bonner 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?

  • Sridhar_iyer 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!!!

  • nashdwaj 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 ban..you know it. All hail Sunil Gavaskar to putting the dirty boys where they belong.

  • 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

  • 158notout 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • Rohan.Dhanerwal 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?

  • 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

  • bonner 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?

  • Sridhar_iyer 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!!!

  • nashdwaj 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 ban..you know it. All hail Sunil Gavaskar to putting the dirty boys where they belong.

  • on March 5, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    What do you call some one that calls nothing a headbutt ? = an IDIOT !

  • insightfulcricketer on March 5, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    I just wanted to add that this was not simple Aussie bashing but the outpouring of pent up anger against this boorish lot of thugs that is the current Australian team. They are people you do not want hanging around the block where you live. I would call the cops. That includes Ponting. For whom I am sad . Because look what he has achieved in his cricketing career but when he hangs up the boots every body will say good riddance. And I fear a lot of true Aussie cricket lovers would be included in that set. Very unfortunate. I am sure somewhere Sir Don has a coronary whenever he watches this boorish bunch.

  • on March 5, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Sheesh, it's a cricket match, and bowlers get hit - why wouldn't Johnson try to get the batsman out through his bowling instead of deciding to try and indulge in some fisticuffs?

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 5, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Lol Johnson is a bit of a fool for head-butting a guy with a helmet. As I said b-4 he is a bit of a big baby BUT in response to all those people asking if its ok to commit an offense, plead guilty, say sorry and get off with a lighter punishment?....No...BUT IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! Instead of whining about why the Aussies get off lighter due to their pleading guilty, the rest of us should say to our players "Idiot, you were wrong also, plead guilty, say sorry and take the lighter punishment." Truth is you can't be wrong and strong, it annoys the judges but if you swallow u'r pride and say sorry u stand a good chance. Common Sense!

  • ziny on March 4, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    What do you call someone that attemps to headbutt a person wearing a helmet?

    Answer:

    An Australian

  • opc10 on March 4, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Amazing how many from sub-continent accuse Aus of being racist, whilst being racist! Monkey? Then cry and threaten to cancel tour... Aus and NZ are the best nations when it comes to getting the best out of their stocks and playing hardr. Remember before whingeing about aussies, they have been the best cricketing country in history. The inovations in fielding, training methods, etc have taught all other countries what they need to do. And most of them still can't! See the pakistan 'fielding' ?! Everyone treats australia like they are the big bad bullies?? Lets see: England, Pakistan, India, South Africa all are far bigger nations with far more people and more firepower in all aspects. Australia is the David that keeps making the Goliaths look like wimps (NZ excepted).

    And Johnson head-butted the poor man. He was wearing a helmet!! He should have been fined for stupidity!

    This was nothing but a bit of banter and by-play. No-one was ever going to get hurt. Get over i

  • on March 4, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    To the last 18 or so bloggers and the rest of you aussie bashers ! ITS A GAME OF CRICKET ! SETTLE PETTAL ! that little styirus stouche was nothing compared to the last 5 icc bannings who are the sore loosers here ? crying of the spilt milk ive only just started taking notice of blogs on cric info and its made me realize the world is half full of idiots. Talk about cricket not nonesencical political crap ! AUSTRALIA put the fear into every team in the world because like it or lump it historically they are the best team for 140 years give or take 6months or so every decade ! they allways yes allways bounce back and long may it continue !

  • desidost on March 4, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Channel 9 commentrators and Some aussies(including their players) are not educated. And that shows from their behaviour and argument. Are they really that foolish that they think that if you plead guilty you are suppose to get lighter punishment. Why don't opponents hit Johnson by bat, and then plead guilty. Nobody will be banned and also they can getaway with 60% fine.

    Really foolish ppl...

  • chithukrish on March 4, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    what like persons johnson and scot are. if they play for india or srilanka then they get two match ban. the I C C must be race free orgination.

  • Xtermin8 on March 4, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Do you people work? Were you just sitting there waiting to pounce on a fallout between Australia and (insert team)? Or merely annoyed at the facts that your own players are ball biters, Sreesanth slappers? And to think, a player would actually headbutt someone else who is wearing a helmet? Perhaps it is something the rest of you can copy from Australia yet again and start practicing headbutting a guy with a helmet to get tough! Rest of the world owes Australia for the innovative advances made in cricket over the last 30 odd years. Quit being angry and give praise where it is due, were it not for us Aussies, you wouldn't have your precious IPLs etc.

  • vmanie on March 4, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    I am wondering if cricinfo keeps statistic of how many time a clash/altercation is started in the middle of the field and rank them by severity and incidence per match by each team. I have a gut feel Oz would be top of the list and Pak wud be 2nd. No surprise Oz wants to be first in everything at any cost including losing their values. This is best tool they have when everything goes wrong for them so they play mind games with batsmen to get them out. I cannot wait to see Mitchell's face when hit boundaries by Sehwag, SRT, Yuvi and Dhoni....sucker...

  • adilladak on March 4, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    I am astounded that Mitchell won cricketer of the year. He basically cost Australia the Ashes with the filth that he bowled through the series. He allowed England to 120 for 0 on the first morning at Lords with the worst openning spell of fast bowling ever seen in a Lords Ashes encounter. And he has been in scuffles with Broad, Benn and now Styris - He is basically a thug but ironically his cricket is affected cos his mum and girlfriend are fighting ( he must be a real man) !!

  • nccricket on March 4, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Wow, I just saw the scuffle on YouTube and then compared it with Gautam Gambhir's. I can't believe that the more rampant infraction copped a far less retribution. So much for whoever said Indians were running world cricket...

  • abyrao on March 4, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    aussies are bad losers. i feel johnson shoud be banned for the rest of the series. How many time aussies do this and get away. and u have over grown babies in channel 9 hu defend them. michael slater giving commentary is a joke. cant forget his spat at umpire venkat.

  • Dileep.Iyer on March 4, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Its funny that ALWAYS when some opponent gets the better of them, the Aussies retort to these kinds of antics... They call it "playing tough cricket and taking the game seriously". Its really a shame that very often they walk away with light punishment because they "plead guilty" and always the opponent also gets a part of the stick from the referee, in the name of "contributing" to the fight. Stump microphones can clearly pick up the dirty remarks thats being said... Its a pity that the cricket rule makers haven't done anything to add to the rule book to put an end to this "potty mouthed" players!!!

  • CamArno on March 4, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Aspurohit How you could say Madugalle favors White's??? Have you guys forgotten the way he handle Inszamam & Darrel hair issue? Anyway agree that more action should have been taken!

  • Mahiru on March 4, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    what nonsense is this?? u call dis playing tough cricket?? its all about aussies losing their nerve when they are conquered by someone else... its quite evident coz after uve had a great team and when u fall from your grace u tend to be ill tempered when u lose...aussies better learn to face defeat in the correct spirit...

  • SLfan on March 4, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    This is the problem with Aussies!! Even they play very good cricket, when they are going to lose, they just don't have enough courage to accept their defeat.That's why they always try to win by doing ANYTHING (even not ethical).As an example Gilchrist incident in 2007 WC final...Everyone knows that how disciplinary kiwis are in the field. They always protect the spirit of the game. Hats off to them...

  • spong on March 4, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    I have to say I am fed up with aussie arrogance on the cricket field. Sure, all sides have a go at each other but the aussies are the worst offenders. What ever happened to good sportsmanship? Playing the game for the sake of enjoying the game (plus the lucrative paycheck)? Seems like whenever Mitchell Johnson plays a match and gets hit for a few he starts sledging the opposition. Johnson's not the only culprit of course - he gets great inspiration from his captain and many others. This latest stoush with Styris is typical of a little man who thinks he's a better cricketer than he actually is. And headbutting/shouldering other players? What is this - primary school? Johnson comes across arrogantly and demands to be respected but for what? He's a mediocre player at best and a damn poor role model for young kids who love the game. Problem is he's just another example of something rotten at the core of australian cricket.

  • seniorgators on March 4, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    No one is condoning Johnsons actions but lets not let the truth get in the road of a good story Findadiat. Benn and or Haddin were the iniators of the confrontation in Perth. Not one blogger at the time from any country thought Johnson iniated that incident. And just for the record Hashir86 Australia are Numero uno in one day cricket ( the type of cricket in which this incident took place) and have been for years by almost the massive margin they were Numero uno of Test Cricket for many many years. Not a few points ahead for a short space of time as the current Indian side has. India are very very deserving of the title and their climb to the Test No.1 has been an absolute credit to them. But the gap can be bridged very quickly so I would be wary of thinking Australia may not be challenging soon.

  • NZ-Cricket2000 on March 4, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Theres two books 1.Stuart Broad and Australia 2. Rest of World its bias

  • Mr.Hobbs on March 4, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    As a non-indian/asian and non-ausie i personally think Mitch got exactly what he deserved. He stared, he cursed, he sledged, he even headbutted a guy with a helmet on, but every time he had to walk back while one of his team mates fetched the ball from the boundary. The beating a stirred up Styris gave him was the true punishment, and walking off the field a looser because of that will stay with him far longer than any punishment a match ref could dish up.

    Im sure that in future, when Mitch considers a sledge or a stare, he will remember Scotty's beating, and reconsider. So lets stop whining about match refs being biased or racist, and lets rather applaud old hand Scotty for taking it upon himself to teach Johnson that, no matter what the colour of your skin, your nationality or the size of your contract, you still look like an idiot when you walk off the field with a sledge in your mouth, a bruise on your forehead and a loss in your pocket.

  • Desertrose2010 on March 4, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    I saw the entire incident and events leading to it, Johnson was sledging and trying to distract Styris and he started it and then went on to head butt, he provocked the entire incident its a Shame he only get 50% mathc fine while Suleman Ben, etc gets ban straight away Shame on you Ranjan Mudgule have guts to do you job honstely and with pride dont be a follower of the aggresive australian board. Fellows expect more of this in 2012 when John Howard is the ICC chief.

  • on March 4, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Hey Marcio,we hav a lyf man!!We are nt waiting to pounce on aussies,Iam myself a big fan of bret lee and shane warne.Bret lee was one of d best behaved fast bowlers in d wrld.But it is a fact that the present team does nt rank d best in behaviour,and u need a strng action to get dem straight.We dnt c ourselves as victims,but we raise voice when its needed,the old days are gone,when d Indians will put dere head dwn n take watever is dished at dem.Get used to it!I very well remeber whn India was touring Austrilia,in 1999,srinath struk d head of ricky ponting wid a bouncer,den went to him to aplogize and ask hw he was.ur ricky ponting very rudley abused srinath and shooed him away,my blood boils to dis day when i remeber dat.Thats wat u get for being nyc n polite.I dnt want polite srinaths,I want mre bhajjis and sreesanths,they r d face of new india.

  • Tomek on March 4, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Appalling decision again, S.Benn should appeal his decision and refer Johnson Vs Styris as his case. He should also ask for compensation from the ICC for the match fees and any further monies available to him from the two matches he missed. I am another Celtic heritage Australian disgusted by the one way street these Australian players travel. The 60% fine that the thug Johnson got probably represented an equal punishment to Styris's 15%. In fact there is every chance Johnson still got more $$$ from the game. Backward effort by the ICC, a pandering bunch of sycophants to a man. And now the biggest redneck of them all arrives. Little Johnnie come to drool on cricketers. Can't wait.

  • hashir86 on March 4, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    if the same thing would have been done by any other country player then he would have been handed with 2-3 match suspension THIS IS CLEAR PARTIALITY and still ICC does what australia says, forget it now, australia are no more a number uno team

  • Hammond on March 4, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    I'm a white snglo-saxon/convict Aussie from Blacktown in Sydney and I love watching the current team humbled in any way. Johnson should have been banned for at least two games I'm sure that Styris was only reacting to whatever trash talk that he got from Johnson when he came out to bat.

    I'm sure he absolutely loved slapping Bollinger for six to win the match! I noticed the after match handshakes were a little perfunctory for Styris. Aussies have become terrible losers in last 10 years (of which I am ashamed).

    Trumper would be rolling in his grave. Shame on Ponting he is the worse captain we've ever had. And I don't mean in results either.

  • Farhan166 on March 4, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    All this ICC match referee process is a joke and lopsided against the non white cricketers. All the match referees from the subcontinent are western apologists. They don't have the guts to appropriately penalize the Australian or the English players. Just document and review each and every of the match referees decisions since this process started and you can see the inconsistencies in the decisions of Madugalle, Chris Broad, Mike Procter, John Reid etc. The facts can be easily established, it is not just a perception.

  • Marcio on March 4, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    If we just change "Australian/Aussie" to "jews/blacks/Chinese/Indians" or whatever, then the anti-Australian comments below would be deemed extremely racist. The reaction to this relatively minor incident in a game thousands of miles from the sub-continet has produced yet more evidence that there is a deep and abiding racial prejudice against white Australians in that part of the world. I suspect the India media has picked this up, and yet again exaggerated a minor incident and turned it into an exercise in Oz bashing. It is more than a little ironic that the nation which has been outraged at the bashings of its youth in a suburb of Melbourne, has now well and trully turned the table and itself become the basher.

  • DMPK on March 4, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    If this has been done by an Indian, Pakistani, Sir Lankan or a West Indian player, the punishment would have been severe -- fine and ban from next matches. Clearly all are equal but some are more equal. Johnson should have been banned for next two matches. Everybody says Australians play aggressive cricket, but it seems that they also want WWF on the cricket ground also.

  • on March 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I cant beleive all this crap is still goin! you bunch of babies, most of you are aussie haters from the sub continent, as popcorn said ! just as benn deserved to be pushed away by johnson. Styrus came at him ! whats a man to do ? if it came to biffo do you really think Styrus would stand a chance really ? like when Australias batting AND more often than not, boxing coach asked Courtley Amrose behind the changerooms and he reneged even tho he was 4 ft taller than him. now that made me laugh....... Steve Waughs men were warriors as are Vettoris and Pontings for that matter. it was nothing more than gamesmanship,passion and exciting cricket - BRAVO !

  • mokshu on March 4, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Guys let us just enjoy the Australian team's cricket. Inspite of their incidents' records - they play the toughest cricket. Everything else is incidental as also the fact that they keep on getting away with it (not Symonds though). I am glad to trade off 4~5 Gambhir incidents for Bucknor's removal (imagine how many wrong decisions he has given against India - toooo many). So overall I am Ok - Johnson please show us the walk in the next match mate (and we know you can )

  • on March 4, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    for all who are bringing in issue about racism and indians etc, what are you trying to say? Im Muslim, Bangladeshi and a New Zealander. I dont condone violence, but like i said in my previous comment, its a sport, played by men and what they did was pretty harmless. all these cries about them getting off easy because they are white and not indian etc is just crap.

    No one should be fined for somthing as small as this, when u are pumped and passionate and in a close game like that, it is only natural to behave that way, and if anything makes the game better specially for the fans. u look at other sports and you see a lot more happening!

    i know cricket is a non contact sport, but all you cricket fans out there who still want to believe its a gentlemans sport, tell me.. if you enjoy when some1 gets hit in the head and bleeds coz it was a good bouncer by the bowler, then are you not being silly if you complain abt 2 grown men getting into each others face? think abt tht

  • mandy1968 on March 4, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    icc matchrefrees have two different lawbooks one for indians and second for oz, the reasoning given for differential punishment to gambhir\johnson is ridiculous, any sort of phisical contact should invite minimum ban. next time commit an offence & immediately plead guilty even before umpires complain, u may get away with a fine of 50\100 rupees, what say icc???? look at ben he rcd. 3matches for something similar. its amazing to note that oz is the team against whom offence was committed by ben\gambhir & get banned.... shame icc.... real shame.....

  • kabe_ag7 on March 4, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    I think a point that's being consistently missed by people who think that the fine is fair enough, is that a 60% fine can't deter a consistent offender like Johnson. The previous fine didn't deter him this time, did it? He remains the instigator and the offender the way he was earlier. In fact, a 60% fine would encourage him to keep on repeating such acts since he now knows that he can always get away by pleading guilty. Gambhir hadn't pleaded guilty, that was stupid. Johnson pleads guilty and repeats the offence, he proves to be smarter. What are we concerned here with, smartness or sportsmanship? I see Aussies getting disgusted by people playing race-card (which I'd agree is a weak argument), but I wonder if they don't find Johnson disgusting, with a temperament as bad as that. Head-butt or not, you can't charge another player like that just because he hit you for a couple of boundaries. It was not a case of playing tough but losing your cool.

  • panther2010 on March 4, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Another "white fella" decision. Mitchell should have been banned based on the Benn stoush. Wait till the racist John Howard comes in to power!!

  • on March 4, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    well do we need any other proof of the white biased face of the icc? i say no.the offence of johnson is similar to that of gambhir in the delhi test and to that of benn in the perth test but unlike the latter two johnson has escaped the match ban on the basis of the colour of his skin.if the incident is watched carefully there was no provocation from styris unlike the gambhir and benn's when there was provocation .so,johnson must have been handed out the ban but insteadthe refree imposed monetary fine on him which is ludicrous to say the least.if this is the way refrees are going to discriminate players on the basis of colour then a new crisis awaits the cricketing fraternity

  • aspurohit on March 4, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Agree with Habib, Madugalle is indeed on the payroll due to his soft corner for the white players.

  • Xtermin8 on March 4, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    I can't believe people still think the referee was easy on Mitch, what should also be realised here is, or in any case of hearing (which is what the referee does), you don't punish a player based on a teams reputation of dicipline, but rather the players, and thus look at the players prior offences, anyone care to comment on how many prior offences Mitch has had? The Benn incident where he got fined, he wasn't actually involved there and only was trying to get between Haddin and Benn. On the other hand, when Benn got suspended after the Perth Test, it was pointed out that he actually had priors (meaning dicipline issues and had been fined previously). If Mitch happened to go off the track again and get involved in a similar situation, then this would be his prior offence and hence he will be delt a heavier fine and or suspension. Until then, its only a game and stop wanting Aussie players to get banned and crying all over the place with "white man crime!". It is pretty weak.

  • rkannancrown on March 4, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Ranjan Madugalle needs to be ashamed of his behaviour. For far less offences, non white cricketers have been banned & fined much greater amounts. ICC appears to have a code of conduct which says any offence by an Australian should be dealt with by giving minor fines. So we have Ponting, Clarke etc claiming catches of the first ( or mutiple ) bounces & been regarded as heroes while similar instance by Rashid Latif results in his being banned. We also saw the disgraceful incident where Gambhir was banned for a crucial match to help Australia. What was his offence ? Watson tried to push him , Gambhir evaded & then he retaliated wherein Watson failed to evade. So gambhir was fined & Watson gets away scot free. It is also pertinent to note that the earlier incidents are used to justify punishment. It appears ICC has only one agenda - to make sure Australia is at the top by making use of match refrees, umpires etc. The question is : What type of role model is Madugalle ?

  • aspurohit on March 4, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    the problem is that Ranjan Madugalle a Srilankan / Asian is too meek to take action against the white aussies

  • vineetkarthi on March 4, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Non-Aussie cricketers take note: the next time you get involved in a situation like this, go the full distance and be as disgusting as the Aussie Cricketers. And just remember to plead guilty without wasting any time. Cost: 20% match fee (1/2 match ban if you are an Indian); Benefit: A win against Australia.

  • Marcio on March 4, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I just went and watched the "head butt". All I can say is "OMG!" This is what is causing all this outpuring of deep-seated angst and venom! I was expecting a Zidane-like charge, but saw something that was barely a gentle nod. I mean, it isn't even clear if their head/helmet even touched. And all this becomes "Aussies are all this, Aussies are all that." Really, some people really need to take a good look at themselves, and I'm not talking about the Australian cricket team. Their behaviour has been pretty good, all up, these past 2 years.

  • jtimu_t on March 4, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    the match refs have indicated they will be lenient on those who make an early guilty plea, that is why Johnson's punishment was not as severe as Benn's. Its nonsense to say that the aussies receive preferential treatment, look at afridi, he received a 1 or 2 match ban(both 20/20) for biting the ball!!

  • Wanderer.Forever on March 4, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    IMHO, let's not mix racism with aggression. That's the last thing we want in cricket. Aussies have always been an aggressive lot and when on backfoot, try to play the mental game with the opposing team. Noone stops the other teams from trying the same approach. As an Indian, am proud of Ganguly of taking the battle to the Aussie camp and winning it several times. However, there are certain limits which should not be crossed. Gambhir elbowing Watson was not very smart and neither was the Styris-Johnson incident. There is no harm in verbal banter (ala McGrath, Warne - somehow I can think of Aussie names only); it adds to the fun! Over the top incidents just leave a bad taste in the mouth although I still can't stop laughing whenver I watch Miandad charging Lillee menacingly with his bat! LOL!

  • srinic on March 4, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Need a response from all the ozzies who get excited about excited indian fans (including me:) ). 1. Gambhir pleaded guilty to his (level 2) offience but still was slapped the ban. The appeal was made later, against the one test ban. So the argument that he got harsher punishment since he did not plead guilty is factually incorrect! C'mon you need to get more creative with your arguments ;) 2. Looking at both the visuals, it is very clear that Mitch's actions were equally worthy of action (if not more) compared to Gambhir. 3. But most importatntly, why do you get so defensive about getting lower punishments? You should move on and be proud of the number of matches they win. I would any day prefer a team that wins and plays against the spirit than a team that plays way below potential to loose all while playing within the spirit of the game.

  • CricketWorldofSuhas on March 4, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Johnson should be banned for atleast 2 match...this is not the first time he has done such incident...the Benn-Johnson incident is not even six months older...but he has learnt nothing from that incident...so, the match referee should be much more tighter this time...only 60% match fee...what is it?...it is nothing but a comedy...come on...give the proper punishment which someone deserves...and come on ICC too...you guys know this is not correct...he should be banned from playing any kind of international match for sometime being...and yes, the team should also get some sort of punishment...may be they should lose some points...and look at all the incidents...the Australian player(s) are the common factor...what is it?...they are No. 1 in ODI's doesn't mean they can always get rid of such kind of incident...come on ICC...do what is correct....

  • Paki.Fan. on March 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Australians players are such a bad losers, Their reality comes out when you just push them to the wall. They like to sledge but when they get the taste of their own medicine they start crying like babies. Total disgrace.

  • brewskyg on March 4, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Johnston has to be sorted out by his captain,told to pull his head in and know he is replaceable in that side.Australia has talent to burn and there is a number of players ready to stand tall for the baggy green.In any other sport Johnston would of been gone not for a few games but for months.I'm a kiwi but always loved watching Australia play and when the Black Caps play them i want to beat them and beat them with their best side on the field .Johnston is a lucky boy ,cause he has to grow up to be called a lucky man.

  • Raj_pandian on March 4, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I really dont understand why match referees and ICC are showing partiality to aussie players? remember what they did to Benn recently??3 match ban. why cant they ban a aussie player who is violating the ICC code of conduct......... very shame of you people

  • HABIB2009 on March 4, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Ranjan Madugalle has alway been favouring Australian tem with little fines and warnings whenever they they do something like this. We have been watching the Australian team for so long not a single player has ever been banned. This shows that only Pakistanis, Indians, Srilankans and West Indians can be banned but not a WHITE GUY. They just make MISTAKES but the COLOURED GUYS are nasty trouble makers.Ranjan Madugalle is there as Match referee since when it was introduced, maybe he has stuck to his job because of SOFT corner for the WHITE players.

  • Aditya_R on March 4, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I'm glad that for once the Australian involved in the incident was fined more than the other player.

  • samod on March 4, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    It is very sad to see that referees being biased. They don't have the guts to impose a ban on Australian players. After Benn being handed over a match ban ( Remember he did not start the argument, It was Australian players who started ) then I am sure Johnson should have been been handed atleast couple of matches ban for his activities. All those referees should be ashamed of themselves for this kind of attitude. Shame on you guys, shame on you..

  • MalikNadeemAwan on March 4, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I think what happend between them is not good for the spirit of the game but it is all bcoz of johnson . the austraians thinks that they are supermen of circket and few days back in the start of the series Styris did say that aussie are not supermen and not better than us so we will beat them so he did termendously well. But australians player should behave better in the rest of the series. well done New zealand and styris.

  • popcorn on March 4, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Scott Styris started it by walking belligerently towards Mitchell Johnson. See the Video Replays. Stryris should have been docked more than Johnson.

  • passion4indiancric on March 4, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Since it is Aussie and Black Caps the best punishment that Ranjan can dish out will be give them pain killers if they were injured while head butting. The least these jokers can do is learn from Broad who slaps Match Bans the moment he sniffs something wrong by Asian cricketers. I am sure Ranjan is more keen on securing his Match Referee status than dishing out punishments to wrong doers. I still remember Sydney incident people who were nowhere around claimed they heard it and they were very near - the Ref immediately shouted "Ban" before hearing the other side of the story. I am not saying Bhajji is or was a saint but when it is Bhajji or Gambhir these Refs are TRIGGER HAPPY! I think you have two sets of Refs that ICC nominates, COWARDS and the REST. It is ironic that even to this day the Aussies, Brits, Afrikaans and Black Caps are handled with velvet while the rest of the cricket world are handled with brick bats.

  • on March 4, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    All of you who have commimented on this incident-why dont you get a life. Here is an incident envolving Australia and New Zealand , and all I see is South Asian commenting. Whats wrong with this picture?

  • Marcio on March 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    There really is a problem with hatred in certain cricketing countries. Their citizens sit around computers waiting for an Aussie to make a mistake, then begin screaming and hating. They are obsessed with seeing themselves as victims, when most of the hating & "bashing" is coming from themselves. The internet seems to be playing a big role in this, including the irresponsible reporting of media in certain countries. When we cannot scream racism against the evil "whites", we scream 'we are racist against ourselves!' First it was Steve Bucknor, a blck man, being racist against Indians. Now it is an Asian official self-discriminating in favour of "whites". Can you pple just stop for a moment & see how utterly nonseniscal & hysterical all this is? It's national pathology. That means, it's sick, in case you're wondering. And if it isn't, all this hating and blaming will make you ill eventually. There's a reason why Aussies don't participate much in these forums. We don't hate ourse

  • popcorn on March 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Rudi Koertzen has done it again! He must rate as the worst umpire EVER - his long service as Umpire is worthless. It is well -documented that his poor umpiring was the cause of Australia'a Ashes 2009 loss to England - and here at Napier, a clearly leg before wicket decision from a beautiful ball to Scott Styris by Shane Watson was given not out.Even the Commentators sitting a mile away could see that Styris was out, but Rudi Koertzen could not see 22 yards away.Australia would EASILY have won the match if Styris was given out correctly. It is well -known that Rudi Koertzen is South African and anti - Australian. Cricket Australia should demand his sacking, just as India demanded Steve Bucknor's sacking - and got it.

  • masterblaster1971 on March 4, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    and to add to that all I can say is BRING ON GAME TWO! It's going to be a ripper.....lets resume the battle between Johnson V Styris. Styris.........kick his ass! We are all behind you mate...do us proud and put him to the boundary where he belongs!!!!

  • Naresh2 on March 4, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    "The difference is pretty simple to understand. Johnson pleads guilty, takes the wrap and moves on. Gambir, Benn et al try to worm their way out with innocence and lies but end up having to sit down for two games. Pretty clear who the smarter one is"

    Yeah yeah - we know the difference. But do you notice what is common to all these incidents? It always involves the ozzies. So do you get THAT point, "mate"? How come India play NZ without incident? Or WI and NZ? Any wisdom to offer on that "mate"?

  • on March 4, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    People who are critisczing Ghambir,let me get straight,he is one d well behaved cricters in d Indian Team.wat Gauti did was undesirable,bt in bth d cases he was provoked and haraased contionously by afridi and d austrialians,and being passionate man (bt nt clever) he responded.This is d new genration of Indian cricters who wnt provoke oppsition unsecciarly,but wnt tk lying dwn if others cross d lyn,but this is nt acceptable to many in wrld cricket espesially for traditional cricket powers,who want the Indian team to follow Mahtama Ghandhi"s principle,which is if one man slaps u on ur cheek,den in response shw d other cheek as well.Coming to d issue,Wat many of us are saying dat d punishment meted out should be consistent,all d match refrees should b given clear guidelines on the quantum of punishment.Jhonson has committed d offence twice,so he shud hav been given harsher punishment.

  • DinakarAppaji on March 4, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    I see some aussie fans trying to generalize Indians and their cricketers and justify a leaner punishment against Johnson. My suggestion would be to grow up and respect the order of the world. Gone are the days where in a while guy sitting on the chair would dicate terms. Indians are aware of their position and also responsibilities that come along and we least of all we don't need lessons from aussies. Bye the way - when onwards it became okay to refer bad behaviorof one guy to justify the bad behavior of others? If you want to listen in the words of your own country men - Johnson is a serial offender and need a punishment that makes him to think twice before he dares to do this next time.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 4, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    The punishment code for Asians-WIndians and non-Asians is quite simple. When Asians do something even in the "heat of the moment" and it gets pretty hot in Asia mind you, it's always a ban - preferably 3 matches. That gets the Board riled up and they are made to go through the humiliation of an appeal, which is then reduced to 2 matches as a compromise. When the non-Asians step out of line, irrespective of the gravity of the crime it's always a "slap on the wrist". They also scratch each other's back. Notice how Styris made light of Johnson's "head butt". Head butting is serious business and Johnson should have been put away for 5 matches at least for bringing disrepute to the game. Ranjan, the match referee didn't do his job adequately, and IMO should be given a 5 match ban!

  • Marcio on March 4, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    What amazes me is that the Australian team have been almost free of any incidents for two years, and as soon as one pops up we get ridiculous comments here like "every time Australia plays I hear of problems like this." Other than one test against the windies (where a couple of Aussies were fined, and one W Indian suspended - he was provoked, of course! - I don't recall a single incident involving even a fine in two years. As has been pointed out many times, other teams in world cricket like India and Pakistan, for instance, have far higher numbers of citations for improper behaviour. Talk about being blind.

    As for being bad losers, as an Aussie, I am proud of the current team. They have really displayd great character in recent losses, esp. after the Ashes loss to England. They didn't make any excuses, just got right back to playing and winning, despite having pretty rotten luck and few dodgy incidents not going their way.

    Mitchell Johnson? Has he ever had a fine before? Sheesh!

  • SillyPointer on March 4, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2F9Y-wXek4

    hmm.. how is this not a ban for a repeat offender like Mitchell Johnson? The excuse of pleading guilty afterwards is utter bs for a guy with a previous rap sheet. Madugalle needs to grow some stones. "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." Sheez.. did he also pat them on the head and remind them to say please and say Thank you often?

  • pattanbd on March 4, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Pleading Guilty Straight doesn't matter for a repeat offender like Johnson. On the contrary, New Zealand should be happy that Styris wasn't banned. :)

  • Zaheerahmed on March 4, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    There is no denying the fact that there are double standards in this world or the same standards are applied differently on different sets of people. This is one more example which proves my point. Had Mitchell Johnson from Pakistan he would have been banned for a few matches and there would have been screaming headlines in electronic & print media in many parts of the world asking for some heads to roll. Now it is not an open secret that no match official would dare to impose the rule on Indian or Australian player. Any attempt to treat them equal with others can result in losing the job or some part of it. Any one remember Mike Dennis or what happened with Steve Bucknor after he imposed penalty on Dravid for ball tampering.

  • loveall on March 4, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    2 Match ban was on. Mitchy is white guy. How can softy asian referee ? He has to look after his job. Is it rocket science ??

  • richdad on March 4, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Oh its funny reading a few people on here and there comments. Especially all the indian people on here, hahahaha. Hey there was nothing in that incident with johnson and styris, cricket isnt a mans game anyway, try playing a real mans game try playing rugby league. See the thing is both styris and johnson fight hard, they did what they did and both of them move on, no grudge against the other, both respect each other's toughness. You see us aussie's and Kiwi's are real men, we tough things out, take things on the chin and move on, while other people whinge, cry and threaten to take their little bat and ball home with them if they dont get their way, sounds like little babies. Grow up and toughen people. Grow some .....

  • TeeJ on March 4, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    To those people who suggest sledging is an art, I wonder you shall be the ones who acknowledge bullies. Not all cultures that play cricket are interested in it. So keep your sledging to yourself and if you play around with it more, expect retaliation. It's not the Indians who complained about racism and all the garbage during the Symonds/Singh incident. The Aussies are the first to instigate and then to complain like little girls. To those who said it can't get worse than seeing India in the number one position, please wake up. It's the new world order in cricket. Keep crying. Regarding this incident, I wouldn't say that its racism thats the reason why Johnson was not punished, its called lack of testicular fortitude from the match referee. Benn and Ghambir have been banned in the last year. It should apply to Johnson who is by no way different. Him accepting his mistake doesn't give him any bonus. What if Styris dropped him and accepted? This is cop out, and ICC should review this.

  • maddy20 on March 4, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    For Australians who think this is not racial. Consider these previous instances 1)Gautam Gambhir banned for 1 match for shouldering Mitchel Johnson and Johnson got 10% of his match fee docked despite of relentless sledging throughout the day. Sledging is acceptable if it is just occasional but constant sledging should not go unpunished IMHO. 2)Suleiman Benn banned for 2 games for shouldering , in what appeared to be more of an accident than a deliberate act.

    Bottom line- Australians do not have the skill to stay on top and hence resort to immoral tactics to unsettle the opposition batsmen and they call themselves the best team in the world. Steve Waugh started this cowardly habit. Shame on you punters. Your moral conscience is so screwed that you cannot judge the difference between right and wrong anymore!

  • Someguy on March 4, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    I love it how every time something happens, the Indians scream racism. Indians are the most racist people I know.

    Johnson plead guilty right away, admitted what he did was wrong, so got a reduced penalty.

    Benn and Gambir went down kicking and screaming, claiming their innocence and refusing to admit what they did was wrong. A blind man could see that they were guilty, so they get a harsher fine for refusing to accept what they did was wrong.

    Moral of the story? Own up and take it on the chin like a man and you probably wont have to miss a game.

  • on March 4, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    I think cricket could use a bit of what happened between Mitchel and Styris. ICC and everyone else is trying to raise the profile of the game, and with T20 and increased competetion, cricket no longer suits the image of being a gentle mans sport. With the introduction of shorter versions of the game and coloured uniforms, what is the harm is allowing a bit of physical contact like what happned with Mitchel and Styris? If anything it adds to the excitment and competetion, and im sure the crowds love it when small clashes like these happen. Im not saying they should allow violence, but that happned the other day was pretty harmless, and if anything was a test of Australia's temperment when under pressure for a change. I think a ban would be far too much, even the fines are probably too much, a warning sould be sufficient. Cricket at this level needs a bit more of what happned to attract more people to games, it definately helps when cricketers show passion like that to get fans into it!

  • Nickod on March 4, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    I agree with rooboy, Indian cricketers never stand up and admit a mistake. There deep underlying problem is that they know that Australia is a better team and eats at them (including indian fans) !!!!

  • gameofcricket on March 4, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Yohan pereira New Zealand has six provincial teams, a population of four million, And a budget for nz cricket probably about the same as dhoni's annual wage... If you cant call that punching above your weight what do you call that???

  • Aussie_cricket_fan on March 4, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Here we go again!! The poor bugger me attitude of India Cricket fans!!! India wasn't even playing in this game yet they feel hard done by!!! Having lived in both Australia and New Zealand I can confirm that both countires like to be competivie, particularly against each other and when Scotty Styris fronts up to Mitchell Johnson in the heat of the battle, then good on them!!! Well done to Scotty for hitting the winning runs after that, he still remains one of my Fav non Australian cricketers. India have noting to complain about soft judges and soft results of there bad on feild behaviour, look at how Harbhajan Singh got away with murder at the Sydney Test match a few years ago!!!

  • on March 4, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    every one who thinks Johnstone's punishment in relation to Benn's and Gambhir's is not severe anough is dillusional! look at the facts! is because he pleaded guilty staright away. Its not hard to see this. If he had of pleaded innocent he probably would hav received a ban of some sort. I dont like the guy at all and agree he has a hot head but its nothing to do with the colour of his skin.

  • Nirjwal on March 4, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Finally NZ won the match. This news carry more importance than the clash between Styris and Mitchell.This is not new in the cricket of players using harsh words against each other.Also, it is well known that Australians are good at it. They do this most of the time to discourage the players of the opponent team to snatch the match from them.There are many cases recorded against them too. Common Australia it is not that you have to win the match every time. This kind of behavior by the player is really not good for cricket. ICC needs to add some strong rules against it. Mitchell is very lucky for paying only 60% of his match fee. Ranjan Madugalle seems little less concerned about this issue. In my opinion, Mitchell Johnson should have one or two match ban for his behavior in field. However, the Kiwis took the match away from the Aussies.That was a close call. Aussies could not protect their loss this time with their act of sledging.They should realize that it wont work all the time.

  • on March 4, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    "art of sledging"...haha.....and so u can do all the mistakes and plead guilty, and escape with fines......beautiful rules!!!!

  • sri1ram on March 4, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    If any Indian, Pakistani or Sri Lankan had been involved there would have been a 100% penalty and a 3 match suspension! Enough incidents before have shown one scale of justice for the whites and one scale for the Asians. If you ask me, it's time for BCCI to flex muscles and show for 3 years how the reversed scales look like - but alas, the BCCI will not do so, in spite of commentators and commenters here speaking about "BCCI highhandedness".

  • on March 4, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    @ Yohan

    New Zealand has a total population of less than Sydney alone. Our player pool is exponentially smaller than any other test playing nation, to expect equal results is baffling. NZ DOES regularly punch above it's weight.

  • AusDarin on March 4, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    No wonder Johnson got away with a light punishment as he doesnt play for a subcontinent team and the refree isfrom Subcontinent. If the players are Gambir or Benn or their mates then they will be serving a ban for couple of matches. Not sure how long this trend is going to continue.

  • plod on March 4, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Without knowing what was said between the two concerned, the incident was minor, how is Johnson going to hurt STYRIS when he is wearing a helmet? CHESTING AND BUMPING IS INSIGNIFICANT, A WORD FROM THE UMPIRE IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED. TO THE NEW ZEALAND FANS, THERE IS A LOT OF CRICKET TO BE PLAYED, SO DONT COUNT YOUR SHEEP BEFORE THEy're SHORN! PEOPLE FROM THE SUBCONTINENT, GET A GRIP, ITS A MANS GAME, NOT FOR SOOKS, YOUR COUNTRIES SHOULD DOMINATE ALL FORMS OF CRICKET WITH YOUR POPULATION, BUT YOU DONT, WHY? BECAUSE YOUR CRICKETERS ARE TEMPERAMENTAL, WHINGERS AND SOOKS, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THEY GO MISSING!! SO TOUGHEN UP, THEY ARE REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRIES, IT MEANS SOMETHING TO THEM!!!

  • jayray999 on March 4, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    @Cameron_Petie writes, " I think it's more because you don't understand how to sledge or the art of sledging." I completely agree in that Aussies are masters of this art and sledge as a matter of team policy. It's legal because they know just how far to go to provoke the other team and get their best players banned. Styris was lucky to get off so lightly. Teams less familiar with Aussie tactics like WI (remember Benn) or India (remember Gambhir) would have lost players to bans. Every team should bring in legal consultants to advise their players on how to respond to Aussie provocation. Or they might end up losing their best players to bans. Of course the ICC could simply ban sledging. But given the recent developments in ICC leadership front that seems unlikely. It's a shame that mastering a non-cricketing skill that is part of Aussie national character is a pre-requisite to succeed at the international level.

  • regjon on March 4, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    All those people who believe that a player who "accepts" his mistake ought not to be punished too harshly should go and check what many ex-players have to say about sledging being a team strategy. Of course, considering the Australian record in this strategy and their ability to get away with fines (this guy apparently tried to headbutt a helmet-wearing batsman, he should have been docked his entire match fees for being so daft; was he thinking his head was made of iron?), I wouldn't be surprised if the Australian captain has a sheet of his players' ICC misdemeanours tucked away in his pocket (well Dougie, its your chance to go and howl in front of the batsman now, ha ha ha). But yeah, it does seem like the Australians have managed to identify the loophole in the law. And as for us always-on-the-wrong-side Indians, maybe we ought to whack the opposition's best bowler with our bats and "accept and apologize" for it later instead of whining about these guys :-P

  • desidost on March 4, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    some of the aussies don't know wht they r talking abt. According to them, johnson didnt get ban, because he pleaded guilty. So next time, opponent should hit stump on his back side, and then plead guilty. So they will get only 60% match fee.lol.. Moreover their stupid channel 9 commentrators were giving same argunments when Ben was fined more than haddin and johnson. Making no sense and have no sense

  • insightfulcricketer on March 4, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    I am seeing this pitiful logic of admitting one's mistake and getting off with slighter punishment . What foolish line of thinking is that? For first time offender this logic could work. But here is Johnson who is involved in multiple physical or near physical confrontations. Its like a serial killer saying I did it each time and we say wow he admitted so we let him off each time.What point is there in one guy says I am guilty and he is let off periodically. Are we waiting for the day when pissed off Big Mac of SA actually brought a gun and was about to launch into the entire Aussie cricket team because of their non-stop abuse and then he didn't . Is that where all of this will stop? Bring Johnson to his knees now and ban him for six months before something very sorry happens in the field and then the guy says sorry and he is left off ? If the coolest of cool cricketer like Gayle is pissed off then rather frowning at him look at the abettor. An abettor is the bigger criminal

  • on March 4, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    Johnson pointed his head to indicate that he'll deliver bouncer . Shoaib akhtar once did this against Australia and bowled a perfect yorker to deceive the batsman. I think johnson should've tried that too instead of bowling a short delivery on middle and leg

  • mrcricketfan on March 4, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Perhaps some people should learn to not shoot their mouth off and play the race card. Of the 4 major incidents this year 3 have involved asian match referees so I don't see how people are playing the race angle. With regards to Benn, he was acting like a clown all series and really should have been pulled up sooner, he deliberately threw a ball at haddin who was in his crease, abused him and then when Johnson tried to talk to haddin mid pitch Benn pushed him, and johnson pushed him back. Ghambir twice tried to bluff the match referee. He ran straight down the pitch into Afridi, blaming afridi for the incident and then deliberately elbowed shane watson and claimed it was a 'accident'. Mitchell Johnson plead guilty which is the only reason he got off, Benn was just completely out of line and ghambir lied. That's why they got what they got.

    Now lets have a look at other incidents. Tendulkar/dravid charged with ball tampering, no ban. Sreesanth got charged repeatedly, no ban.

  • swami_psg on March 4, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    I agree that pleading guilty when you are guilty is the perfect thing to do and so johnson had a relatively lenient punishment. But every time you cannot do a mistake and then plead guilty to get away with it. Is this the first time an australian is involved in an incident... look at the common factor Gambhir, Benn, styris and i can give you hundreds more... so basically they are jus cunning enough to make a mistake at every given opportunity and when the opposition jus doesnt take it - like losers they start an on-field battle, and then plead guilty. I need to agree with my friend here that they dish out sledges at every given opportunity, but when the opponents stand upto it like in Benn,Styris and Gambhir's case (and Ganguly who started it all) they cry like losers. I am not here to defend any individual player from any country, but want to clearly point out, that Australians have been the common factor in every one of these high profile incidents... now think for yourself...

  • bbivorr1 on March 4, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    I find it funny when I see people not appreciate the way Australians play cricket. Actually, everyone wants to see Australia been beaten, fined, or things go against them. But true champions are those who overcome all these hurdles- Australia are true champions because they deliver when it matters the most. Coming back to the Johnson and Styris clash- I think that was normal notwithstanding they were fined. I wonder when both were the culprit why one was fined more and the other less. Both should have gotten equal punishment.

  • sadozcricfan on March 4, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    I am an Australian and live for cricket, but I am ashamed of my team, they are slowly destroying this great game. The authorities need to be much stronger to get rid of this thuggish attitude or the game will end up being ruled by bullies.

    Johnson should have lost his match fee and been banned from the next ODI match, zero tolerance is the only way to go if we want to retain the integrity of the game. At the moment I find myself supporting anyone but Australia, AUSTRALIA CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE. If it was let to me I would ban the whole team for one match, and remove 3 ICC ODI ranking points. Maybe this is the only way they will learn

  • insightfulcricketer on March 4, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Are the ICC Match Refrees racist? Do you think that a son of a covict will be a criminal too? Do they think Aussie team is a bunch of criminals who as long as they do not physically man-handle as a person its ok because that is expected of them given their heritage. If this is the case then it is very sad and every Australian will hang his headin shame I am sure .

  • Xahir on March 4, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    He should have been banned for sure..but since he is an Australian "white guy" ..expecting a match ban is close to IMPOSSIBLE...

  • Sumiboy on March 4, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Ranjan need not to be scared, he had all the power to enforce a one match ban to Mitchy...all that aggression and energy should be kept to ball btwn the wickets rather than sledging the opponents. Gentlemen of the game would ideally concentrate on his game. One who does not have confidence in himself tries to intimate others to loose concentration and give the game up...they (Aussies) are good in doing this...Mitchy mate cant handle cric8 then go back to your truck driving days. There are more people sitting on bench to take your place. Ranjan mate you are the official, start respecting the position you are given and don't be afraid of doing the right thing.

  • on March 3, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    If i hear another comment about NZ punching above their weight grade again im going to commit myself. NZ have been around world cricket long enough to be able to establish themselves as one of the best, hiding behind this mantle as underdog in every series is just boring. Come on NZ do something for once and win a major tournament (not necessarily this one) and lets end all this crap about white cricketers getting a fairer go..cause you know thats just crap. Can't think of anything worse than India being the number one test and one day team in cricket.

  • StreetCricketer on March 3, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Benn was banned for two matches and Johnson for none ?!? In Benn's case, there was at least some need to chase after the ball. IMO, the contact was much more deliberate in this case.

  • RameshSubramaniam on March 3, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    I am not sure why Asian referees are so soft in handling these situations. If an asian player dies the same level of offence, asian referees themselves impose bans. Look at the incident, staight on styris face, head to head, but only fine. What a player can do more than this? Beat him on his face ? We are in the same world as Aussies sledged Benn and Benn was handed the ban. So there is no wonder. Referees, I am pleading you, please wake up. Do not make us to feel inferior. I am not against giving the ban to Indian player if it is against the spirit if cricket, but have guts to against whites also.

  • Rooboy on March 3, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    *sigh* here we go again .. give an indian cricket fan the chance to display the chip on their shoulder and off they go. As stated by trenta01, there is one MASSIVE difference between Johnson and Gambhir - Johnson readily admitted he did the wrong thing and took his punishment, Gambhir, like any indian cricketer ever charged with anything, denied any wrong doing and insulted everyone's intelligence with disingenuous excuses. An elbow in the stomach is worse than a tap on the helmet anyway. People - try to overcome your parochialism and just deal with the facts. How the hell do all you experts always know exactly what was said by who on the field anyway? As for Benn, anyone who saw the end of the second day's play at Adelaide could see he was looking for a fight. Watson was continually trying to get out of his way and he kept stalking Watson trying to make contact, as well as constant verbals. Eventually Benn got the fight he was looking for and the referres took the lead up into account

  • on March 3, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    This aussie team needs a massive kick up the backside. Time and time again whenever I see the aussies play there seems to always be sum uncalled for incident, Cmon aus...i understand you play hard and fair but you dont need to be all macho about it. Play in the spirit for heavems sake. You have talent!!! And good riddance johnson got 60%...would of been better if he got more...but i cannot understand how styris got fined...he wasnt the instigator!!!

  • Howasthatone on March 3, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    The difference is pretty simple to understand. Johnson pleads guilty, takes the wrap and moves on. Gambir, Benn et al try to worm their way out with innocence and lies but end up having to sit down for two games. Pretty clear who the smarter one is.

  • on March 3, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    i can agree with a lot of the things being said..first up about the punnishment. I feel this was adequate as both players pleeded guilty straight, avoiding more heafty punnishment. secondly, i think that most people like seeing this sort of stuff. Maybe the shouldering and the head but werent necassary but ya have to expect a bit of fire from the aussies when theyre being put under the pump, as it obvious that they cant ahn dle loosing very well and whats even better is that NZ came out on top. Aussy cant just expect to come to our shores and clean sweep us...we arent Bangladesh!

  • Cam_PT on March 3, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Let me give a word of advice to the children here. Onfield banter or sledging has been part of the game since inception. The point where someone gets physical is where they lose that battle. The man who causes the physical altercation is the one in trouble and hence the one charged.

    It makes me queasy that people don't understand this. Alot of people especially on this board feed racial motives into this, but that's bogus. I think it's more because you don't understand how to sledge or the art of sledging. It's actually quite comical in most cases.

  • redneck on March 3, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    its just part of the aussie v kiwi rivalry! i bet the 2 teams get on fine off the field! those who wonder why australians get off with only fines while player like benn and gambir have been banned for matches. its because the aussies plead guilty towards their charges and therefor are taking responsability for what they did, while the party on the otherside act like their in denial about it and plead not guilty and therefor are not taking responsability for their actions. you wont find a court in the world that gives softer penallties to someone pleading not guilty when they are guilty! but it can happen if you own up and take accountability for your actions by pleading guilty for what you did!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 3, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    I'm sick and tired of people playing this race card nonsense. Grow up and move on! I was and never will be an Aussie fan but 1 thing for certain is the Aussies KNOW WHEN TO PLEAD GUILTY! IT'S THE BASIC RULE of court. If you plead guilty, your punishment will always most likely get reduced and it is easier to bargain. It isn't rocket science and has nothing to do with race or nationality. Just like the Benn incident, it was reported that Johnson did not initiate the confrontation. It seems like he is too sensitive a guy, a bit of a baby but thats another thing all together. There is enough racism without any1 needing to stir it up where and when there is no need! Let's see how many people ignore my comment and pretend they never saw any good points in it.

  • on March 3, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    The kiwis arent a bunch of unarrogant schoolboys i still play club cricket in nz in my 40s and its no different in this country as when i played in oz even at club level cricketers on a whole have a certain arrogance that is different than any other sport. its just the same in every other country im sure in this world theres 6 billion ppl some good ppl and some bad your just abunch of aussie haters !

  • ebbie-qld on March 3, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    There is more childish behaviour and comments in this comments section than went on the field in NZ. A lot of this on field antics has started because umpires, match officals and the ICC are not willing to enforce heavier penalites . Certain countries administrations don't want to accept decisions made by match officals and put pressure on ICC to reduce bans or fines. Yes incidents occur on the field occasionally but please don't blow every situation out of proportion. There are plenty of" bad boys" from nearly all teams playing at the moment . By the way have a proper look at the Benn indicent and who started it. It is well known that Benn is definitely not an "Angel"

  • cooldude0503 on March 3, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    NO matter how much Aussies scream, they know in their heart that Mitchell Johson was wrong in confronting Styris agressively and intentionally and has been wrong many times. I cannot wait till Mitchell Johson confronts with one of senior Indian players...he will soon realize even John Howard wont be able to help him...

  • jamrith on March 3, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    @trentao1, that's "rich', mate, you plead guilty so you should be let off with a fine? Is that's what's happening to the racist louts in Australia who are attacking Indians? No ball-tampering by Aussies, really........??

  • on March 3, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I am glad he got atleast 60% because Goutham Gambir got 1 match ban when he shouldered Shane watson and now what Mitchel Johnson has got is better as white guys never even get repriminded for these incidents as when a white guy does this they will be backed by argument that its a professional way of playing game. Pity madhugale can even impose a 1 game ban. I cant imagine the cricket in 2 years time when Aussie takes charge.

  • CricketReporter on March 3, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    This Johnson was recently fined for pushing Sulieman Benn(Who was banned) and Johnson is Renowned for his Sledging.This Guys get away with murders. Wasn't Gautam Ghambir banned for a physical contact with Shane Watson. Johnson is a Sore looser who doesn't know how to play game in right spirit. Rather then getting involved in the incident he should have tried to bowled better. Someone in ICC should take note and should fine Madugalle of his Match fee for his inefficient work.

  • on March 3, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    We dont loose for long or by much ! Nz is the most hostile place, 10 fold in the world for the aussies to play, kiwis arr queit in the pubs in oz but they like loudmouths at a trans tasman match. The difference betweeen the allblacks and the oz cricket team is the ausssies win when it counts like how many world cups and yes it feels bad to loose but you would know better than me.

  • palmheads on March 3, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    The Aussies are funny. Teams tour their. Loud obnoxious crowds abuse the overseas team. Lots of verbals on the field. The actual cricket itself is great. They are always very agressive & trying to win. Conditions for cricket wonderful. They are very talented cricketers. However when the opposing team does the exact same thing back to them, not backing down etc, they crack. Mental meltdowns. It seems to happen time & again. You stand up to them, and they hate it. Overtly sensitive. Case of being able to dish it out, but not take it? NZ's crowds are giving them heaps, NZ batsman aggressive, bowling competitive. As a team nowhere near as talented as the Aussies. But as soon as the Aussies feel confronted the cracks in the mentality start to appear. They can dish it out, but under pressure cannot take it.

  • Oscarbhai on March 3, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    SHAME ON YOU RANJAN, SHAME ON YOU!!! YOU ARE A DISGRACE, I AM EMBARRASSED BY YOUR POOR DECISION BY FINING 60% MATCH FEES TO JOHNSON RATHER THAN BANNING HIM, JOHNSON IS THE BAD BOY OF CRICKET, HE HAS MISBEHAVED SOOOO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. ANYWAYS I AM REALLY HAPPY THAT STYRIS STOOD UP TO THE BULLY AND WON THE GAME FOR NZ.

  • trenta01 on March 3, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    What a joke most of the people who post a comment on here are. He pleaded guilty thats why his penalty was reduced, a little unlike those perfect indian players who never plead guilty when clearly at fault. He copped it on the chin and got his right whack maybe some subcontinental players can take a leaf out of his book. Good to see an even contest in NZ free of ball tampering and match fixing

  • KiwiPossumNZ81 on March 3, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    I'm over seeing these Aussies throwing their toys and getting in peoples faces as soon as a team puts them under a bit of pressure. They are awsome cricketers but they are getting worse and worse. Before the series Styris said we can't get intimidated by these guys so I am pleased he stuck to his guns and told Johnson where to go. To top it off he won the game for us too! A couple of Aussies mentioned the crowds here in NZ are "hostile". What do you expect? Our players get abused when we are at the MCG, SCG etc so we are going to give it back. I go to every game here in Wellington and the Aussies are the only ones who cop it from NZ crowds. Watched Indians here, the Windies, all the cricketing nations and it's a good natured contest. Nothing against Australia but their cricketers are a bunch of idiots and quite frankly an embarrasment to their country the way they behave. I cringed when i saw Watson dismiss Gayle a while back - The way he behavd was like a 7 year old spoilt brat.

  • jamrith on March 3, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Johnson gets away with boorish behaviour, no wonder even his mother doesn't think much of him. He was involved in a similar incident with Suleiman Benn a couple of months ago and got off with a fine while Benn got a ban. The Western match refs come down hard on sub-continental offenders while the Eastern refs like Madugalle are chary of offending the 'colonial masters'.

  • on March 3, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    johson was also part of the s.benn deal..and also here..and each time hes gotten off wit nuttin but a inadequate fine.

  • gameofcricket on March 3, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    The incident was good. styris a man with much experience could see the oppourtunity to give back the banter that certain aussies are known for (johnson, watson, haddin). Johnson will be hurting that he was dominated sure, but he will also come back and bowl well again. Please dont take this out of context as these two players could after the game look each other in the eyes and shake hands, there was no bad blood just matching of the tactics the aussies always employ when the going gets tough. Go NZ keep punching above your weight

  • bmsvenkat on March 3, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I find this quite funny. Who in their right mind will head butt a guy who is already wearing protective hard hats capable of protecting his head against hard balls coming at him at 150 kms???? Not sure what MJ was trying to achieve by doing this. And had they won, they would have of course claimed that it was all a plan to get to the nerves of NZ. Actually credit is due to Scott for rattling the assusies.

  • amdtelrunya on March 3, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    You really have to question the intelligence of some of these bowlers when they get at batsmen. The batsman has a big chunk of wood to swing at them for goodness sake...

  • tezmond on March 3, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    australians love the johnson.he does'nt have a good record in nz.think his first tour here he nearly got carted for 90 runs from his ten and nz chased down over 300 at christchurch,we barracked johnson the whole time he fielded near us and he had a shocker!!!what a tool.aussys/indians get away with murder mostly because they are the best teams and bring the most money and crowds/viewers to the table. indians are the biggest pre-madonnas around,big sooks who throw tantrims to get there own way. australia just push the boundarys of sporting morals and sportsmanship. we might not be ever as good as most other nations but in nz we are taught to play ahrd but ALLWAYS play fair. guess thats why the blackcaps are allways voted the fairest team in world cricket. the bangadeshis are not far behind

  • inblue on March 3, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    This was to happen... the australian way.... if they cant to with bat or ball then its always the mouth.

  • mandrake1962 on March 3, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    As an Australian I have to say that Johnson was totally out of line and I can't see why Styris was fined. Mitchell Johnson is one of my favourite cricketers and when I watched the game live with my 9 year old son ( who adores Johnson ) I was astonished at his behaviour.The problem with the Australian team at present is we have had two very sub-standard teams- The Pakistanis and The West Indies tour here and we have wiped the floor with them.Both teams were in my my opinion not worthy of playing at First Class Level, let alone Test Level and should be barrier trialled before they can tour again. This has lured the Aussies into thinking they are better then they are.Take the Good with the Bad lads and get on with it! Hate to say it but at the end I was going for the Kiwis and had to give my son a lecture about bad sportmanship.Please Mitchell,Pull your Head in Mate!!

    Mandrake

  • on March 3, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    It happens in the heat....

  • Venkeer on March 3, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Its the same old discussion about instigator versus responder. I can clearly see from the footage that Johnson was not pleased with being hit for 4s. At least one match ban would have been fair... What I don't understand is why was Styris fined? For glove pointing and standing up? Can ICC explain in simple terms what Styris should have done? ICC doesn't have the back bone. Well Mr. Ranjan Madugalle was defenitely being soft. If an Asian player was in Johnson's position and the match referee was say Broad or non-Asian, then this would have resulted in a 3 match ban (at least a one match ban)

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Yes asians get more punishment than the ausies.Mitchel johnson always does the same thing.He was voted best cricketer of the year(rediculous).We can expect more of these comming up in 2012 when john howard ( another racist,because of him Murali refused to play in australia)becomes the president,i thing these are taught in australia.This is their habit.Funniest part is they getaway with it.Poor Styris he just had an involuntary reaction

  • raisalman on March 3, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    What amazes me is that nobody has noticed the finger that Shaun Tait gave to Mc cullum when he bowled Ingram in the first over of the 2nd T-20...where was the match refree and all the umpires at that time.... any1?

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Being a neutral Saffa, I saw the incident and saw it as a heat of the moment exchange. I think the decisions are fair. One cannot expect the same decisions from different umps in different games on different continents. We are all human so I would say to those who are whinning about the fines, get over it. They both paid their due...

  • rogues13 on March 3, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    ccmon guys...it was Scott Styris's mistake...he shldnt hv hit Mitchell Johnson for the fours... :P ...

  • kriketluva on March 3, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Why is it that the aussie bullies can harass the opposition and get away with it. They push you to respond and when you do defend yourself you get penalized. This is ridiculous. Why can't the aussie thugs just shut up and play? If they can't take it back they should not dish it out. They readily admit they will never stop chirping and trying to get under a players skin. They are juvenile school yard bullies.

  • gharr on March 3, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Why do indian fans immediate play the race card every time an incident occurs in int. cricket? Aren't you tired of this constant victimised narrative played out in every blog, comments section, youtube montage featuring "aussie cheat" etc etc? Has there been a clean indian series since this resurgent indian nationalistic team/BCCI has come to the fore in the last 10 years? Which is why we forget "Is Dhoni a cheat-" as opposed to "Ponting does not claim Dravid's catch" videos on youtube.

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Aussies get louder with mouths when they are on the losing end !! and their actions never get as severly punished as other sub continent players !! Wonder how will things change when howard is going to be the ICC chief from 2012 !!

  • chandau on March 3, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Imagine what it would be like in 2 years time when Howard takes over as ICC president!!!! I am ashamed as a Sri Lankan of Madugalle's actions. A head butt in any other game will be an automatic ban even in a physical sport like rugby. A shoulder charge is usually a yellow card in football or rugby. How is it possible for Australian cricketers to get away with things that are seen as foul play in many a contact sport, which cricket is not!!!! This sort of double standards will come back to bite ICC and Cricket as a game in future if no action to correct the anomaly is taken. Over the last 10 - 15 years Auzzy cricketers have been behaving like hooligans but the Powers that be have turned a blind eye towards them while hanging every other guy from rest of the nations. It is time the cricket boards take stand against this injustice. I am bracing for a punch or two in the near future if actions like this are not rooted out immediately. WE expect more of you Ranjan, poor show!!!

  • jhikjhik on March 3, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    biased , simply biased...wake up ICC

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson was clearly losing and got annoyed at Scotty Styris for brilliantly smacking him over the park. He's a sore loser to put it bluntly.

  • jeromedascorp on March 3, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Once again the white man gets away with it. Sorry, but thats the only way I see it. Maybe they should create a racial policy of strictly non white match referees for white vs white matches. They you will see some fair punishments. I don't mean to sound racist but isn't that what the ICC has proven to be by giving such a light punishment? If the ICC can be racist then the fans have every right to be racist/biased. We really need more consistency with the punishments. It doesn't matter if its their first time or 10th time, they all deserve a ban of 1 or 2 matches. They are all professionals and deserve to be punished much more severely. This though I think has more to do with player being let off when its Ind-Pak (Remember the maa-bhen between Afridi and Gambhir?) Aus-NZ or Eng-Aus or Eng-SA. Ban them. If they r acting so childish at this level they really deserve to benched for a few games.

  • masterblaster1971 on March 3, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Johnson is always doing this....just like a big baby when he doesn't get his way, he brings down the level of the game. Guess what Mitchel.....YOU GOT SPANKED HOW DOES IT FEEL TO LOOSE !!!!!!

  • bakhtjamal on March 3, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    For all of you supporting Gambir..you should know that Gambir is a big mouth and should have been banned more..that guy not only did that to Watson, but also to Afridi..he has a bad habit of elbowing bowlers and then acting all tough..I remember that at the time of Afridi-Gambir incident, he was fined 60%..explain this.. I know the rules are not consistent but Gambir is no Angel either..Gambir alongwith Harbhajan are the two cricketers with the worst ethics and worst mouth.. Remember when Pieterson bowled Harbhajan and he was not walking out of the park, Pietersen just said something like "you walk back when you get bowled" and Harbhajan had one word answer to that "EFF YOU"..which was recorded on the stumps mic.. Where was the fine then? I know rules are not consistent, but there is no bias against subcontinents..

  • ssinghal123 on March 3, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    This is how Australian TRY to WIN. Aussies always use by hook or by crook in the name of so called "tough cricket". Shame on you.

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    johnson is clearly a hot head, he needs to chill out b4 someone takes him very seriously

  • geminianrahul on March 3, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Aussies suck (all the way to the bottom)......... They can't handle pressure... Worst sporting team without any spirit for the game and respect for the opponents. Whats d use if you are World Champions and don't play in the right spirit...Shame on Aussies and Shame on the match referee...........Johnson should be banned for this stupid act... How on earth did he get away with just 60%... may be remaining 40% goes to the match referee...

  • danithereddevil on March 3, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    johnson should be fined for matches...i dont know why the australian r alwayz releaz without any punhismntt... thz iz not fair...what iz icc doing....why pak playerzz r punished..bcoz they dnt have any sponsors...

  • on March 3, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Excuse me jus lik the gambir incident????...over here they bumped shoulders against each other ...the incident inolved gambir purposley putting his elbow out and running it into watson....Hw many times have india got away wit certain incidents...i remember harbhjan getting away wit a pretty serious crime...RASICSM...when the indians threatend to pull out of a series...is tht in the spirit of the game??..doesnt sreesanth get away wit his over the top antics???...

  • ram5160 on March 3, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    What s wrong with this dude MJ ? He just cant handle pressure. First he messes up big time in the ashes and now he loses his head against the kiwis of all people. Yet, the aussies still claim he is a " once in a generation bowler".

  • True_Inidan on March 3, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Hey Kangaroos.....Watch and study from Tendulker. During his GREAT 200 run's knock Steyn tried his best to irritate him... Here is the quality of Indian Cricket. Study from Indian cricket.

  • kaiser1 on March 3, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    iTS A VERY BAD ATTITUDE PROBLEM WITH AUSSIES. imagine if John Howard becomes ICC president and then see such habits bringing more incidents and biased decisions by the umpires growing further. Stuart Broad has all the liberties to do any kind of antics and Aussies have all the fun available to them to exploit the opponents. They provocate others themselves and enjoy the fun when others reciprocate and get away with punishment. This is more than shameful act of ICC to employ their own rules against players of different nationalities.

  • Carpediem_Zak on March 3, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    What about Suleiman Benn? He was banned also ... just was Gambhir. These Aussies are arrogant! Aggression and Arrogance should not be mixed. Johnson, Watson, and Haddin are the worst in this team. They should start getting bans coz I think they've been getting off quite easily.

  • HarryG123 on March 3, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I totally agree with SumitG. Physical contact is not acceptable in any form of cricket. This is totally absurd decision being taken by ICC match referee by not punishing Johnson. I will not say shame on cricket but yes, shame on ICC match referee. These type guys should be sacked who don't have judicious capablities.

  • KSPP on March 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Ranjan Madugalle does not have the balls to punish any Aussie player. The Aussies are above the game. Everyone knows this is not the first time Aussies have been offenders of cricketing rules on the field. Great job!!! Mr Ranjan Madugalle, next time any Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi or West Indian player makes the same mistake on the field, HANG HIM!!! But let the Aussies off with just a fine.

  • Hassaanz on March 3, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    just do not look back that long and remember what penalty was put on Suleman Ben from WI when he had a spat with Haddin in the recent Aus vs WI series. I think he also had approached the batsmen and Jhonson was also invloved in that incident. We can not really complain here because the refree himself is from subcontinent. All i ask for is some consistancey. In the same way Afridi's case was handled. I am not supporting his shameful act and I believed he should have been served more severe punishment. But what about when the ICC turned a deaf ear to when English players were believed to have tampered the ball in SA.

  • jhikjhik on March 3, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Its the time for Indian cricket pundits, commentators and officials to step up and bring this biased behavior of the ICC match referees towards Australian cricketers, every series they provoke some player in the opposing team, sledge them and get away , all the time poor opposition player gets fined and banned..There are 2 sets of laws in ICC 1 for subcontinents players and 1 for Australians. But we are banging our head against the walls , only we are going to be hurt. Gautam Gambhir & watson, Suleiman benn with Johnson and Haddin all there is to be seen , but as I said 2 sets of laws..

  • Go_F.Alonso on March 3, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I totally agree with everybody here and I think they will with me when I say: Hadn't Mitchell Johnson "contributed to the verbal exchange that preceded the physical contact and that his actions contravened clause 2.1.8 ...." in the Benn incident? How did he escape bigger punishment the 2nd time? It's his partner in crime Haddin (some will never forgive him for the Grant Elliott incident) again :). The word AGAIN is key for Mitch, Haddin and Watto.

    The Benn incident was Level 1, this Level 2 .. the next time I hope he's banned for atleast 3 ODIs.

  • Tamans on March 3, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    This is really ridiculous and shows the other side of governing body... This is nothing as only players from our subcontinent are caught for even minor offence and fined heavily.. The Aussies are masters of sledging and still manage to get out of it with minor punishment even for major offence.... Bloody aussies and shame on the match referees

  • on March 3, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Ohhhh. Come on guys you need a bit of push and shove in cricket. That's the only way to keep fifty over cricket interesting. I mean a good fight or shouting contest is more than welcome by the viewing audience. I think that bans are useless, they make the future games boring, and players don't play as aggressively as they should. A light tap on the wrist is more than welcome by me for all such incidents. These type of incidents shouldn't be encouraged, however I didn't see much of a problem in what took place out there on the field. The ICC need to remember that this is as much a sport as it is a show spectacle. A fight or controversy definitely means a bigger viewing audience because the News is the biggest advertiser around, way bigger than TV ads or even Google ads. That is a bit more than 2 cents worth, but heck I guess you guys really do deserve it.

  • SumitG on March 3, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Can somebody throw any light on why was Johnson not banned for 3 one dayers / 1 test match (like Gautam Gambhir was on Shane Watson Incident, Shane Watson was given a match fee cut but Gambhir was banned)

    ICC fine policy is totally inconsistent. And to a cricket viewer appears to be biased against subcontinent players. No wonder there are always charges of racism

    Stuart Broad is another example who seem to get away with murder all the time , while lesser mortals will be punished heavily

  • hirens312 on March 3, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    WOW!! I knew it right away when i saw this ugly scene live on TV... Jhonson would get away lightly bcoz he is an Australian!! Just Imagine had it been a certain Harbhajan Singh?? He was once banned from a test for OVER APPEALING!! ... I guess for physical contact like Jhonson's he would've been banned for life!! Has it been any Asian player, they would have suspended him for atleast 2 matches... Anyways, Jhonson proved me right again... HE CAN'T HANDLE PRESSURE... Poor Styris had to suffer bcoz of these over-confident Aussies.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    shameeeeeeeeee for cricket

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Johnson did same crap with Chris gale...he should have been made to sit out a few matches to cool his head

  • mh.navuda on March 3, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    If indian or subcontinent player involved in this kind of incident..There will be a match ban.

  • saggs77 on March 3, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    This incident reminds me of Gautam Gambhir 1 match ban when he brushed his shoulder with Watson but yes this was an incident when an Australian did the same thing and it is not surprise he escaped without punishment, yes they are angels of cricketing world and they can do nothing wrong.. So all the other cricketers should stay away from these angels as they have the blessings of their God father Refrees..

  • arveeyen on March 3, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    I watched the match.Mitchel Johnson should have been banned for atleast 2matches .(Madugalle is afraid of aussies-U need arjuna ranatunga for this.)had it been player from sub continent, they would have given 2 match ban-like gambhir had when he clashed with shane watson.

  • shrastogi on March 3, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Again an Australian got away lightly. If I remember correctly Gautam Gambhir faced a match ban for something similar against Australians. All the Match Ref panelist should be shown video tapes of such incidents so that there is uniformity of judgement.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Johnson should be handed a ban. This guy pisses the opponents in every possible way when he gets beaten badly. When Windies toured to Australia last time, he had a partner in Haddin to provocate Suleiman Benn and his bad onfield behavior was overlooked. I think it's unfair not hand over him a ban.

  • wiiCricket on March 3, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    These heated exchanges and taunts are damaging to cricket. The sledging should be made illegal. What sort of mental strength you are testing out there? Because you are not a good bowler and can't beat the batsman you go and bump shoulders? Let the ball do the talking and let the bats have the say in exchange. keep your mouths shut and play with gaming tools not your ridiculous mouths.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    This is actually shocking - not the fact that Johnson was fined 60% , but that he got away without being suspended.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    it's pretty stupid how Styris got punished as well.. If someone starts a fight and the other person fights back, it's still the fault of the person who started the fight, in this case Johnson.

    What was Styris supposed to do ? back down to a minor ? don't think so...

    geez, sometimes i feel these rules are pretty messed up.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson was actually very sad at being hit with such disdain. Being an Australian, he is unable to take these things in his stride. 60% is too high a penalty, it should have been 55%. My sympathies for him.

  • styloiam on March 3, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Compare this incident with one where Gambir Elbowed Shane Watson in a test match in India. He was banned for a test match whereas here Jhonson got away with just fine. Where is the parity?

  • simple_person on March 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    No wonder we feel aggrieved when the Match Referees (inevitably a person from a Western Country, although I shouldn't be bringing race into this) penalize Asian or even West Indian players disproportionately.

    No match bans from Madugale for Johnson above. And yes, I have seen the video footage before making this comment. And I stick by it. Raise whatever storm you wish. There should not be two standards in International Cricket.

  • zoominyogi on March 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    y the disparity?even gambhir was invited into verbal exchange by watson..but only gambhir recvd the ban...here mitchel johnson shud hv recevd the same penalty as gambhir...y so leniency against an aussie?

  • DinakarAppaji on March 3, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Great! One more issue caused on field by Aussie agression is washed down the toilet. Otherwise how would you explain the ban for Suleman Benn from windies on a similar incident (also involving Johnson) but 60% fine for Johnson now. If it was indian - he could have copped three match ban with out any hesitation.

  • on March 3, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Only 60:% fyn!!! If it had been asian especailly Indian he would hav gt a 1 or two match ban!! People say that Indian board is powerful,arm twistier and all.What is d use of clout and all when there is no equal justice served

  • Divinetouch on March 3, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    How many more times Johnson will be spared being banned for his behaviour. Benn of the West Indies was banned for much less.

    All Aussies lovers note that when the heat is on the Aussies how they behave.

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  • Divinetouch on March 3, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    How many more times Johnson will be spared being banned for his behaviour. Benn of the West Indies was banned for much less.

    All Aussies lovers note that when the heat is on the Aussies how they behave.

  • on March 3, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Only 60:% fyn!!! If it had been asian especailly Indian he would hav gt a 1 or two match ban!! People say that Indian board is powerful,arm twistier and all.What is d use of clout and all when there is no equal justice served

  • DinakarAppaji on March 3, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Great! One more issue caused on field by Aussie agression is washed down the toilet. Otherwise how would you explain the ban for Suleman Benn from windies on a similar incident (also involving Johnson) but 60% fine for Johnson now. If it was indian - he could have copped three match ban with out any hesitation.

  • zoominyogi on March 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    y the disparity?even gambhir was invited into verbal exchange by watson..but only gambhir recvd the ban...here mitchel johnson shud hv recevd the same penalty as gambhir...y so leniency against an aussie?

  • simple_person on March 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    No wonder we feel aggrieved when the Match Referees (inevitably a person from a Western Country, although I shouldn't be bringing race into this) penalize Asian or even West Indian players disproportionately.

    No match bans from Madugale for Johnson above. And yes, I have seen the video footage before making this comment. And I stick by it. Raise whatever storm you wish. There should not be two standards in International Cricket.

  • styloiam on March 3, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Compare this incident with one where Gambir Elbowed Shane Watson in a test match in India. He was banned for a test match whereas here Jhonson got away with just fine. Where is the parity?

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson was actually very sad at being hit with such disdain. Being an Australian, he is unable to take these things in his stride. 60% is too high a penalty, it should have been 55%. My sympathies for him.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    it's pretty stupid how Styris got punished as well.. If someone starts a fight and the other person fights back, it's still the fault of the person who started the fight, in this case Johnson.

    What was Styris supposed to do ? back down to a minor ? don't think so...

    geez, sometimes i feel these rules are pretty messed up.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    This is actually shocking - not the fact that Johnson was fined 60% , but that he got away without being suspended.

  • wiiCricket on March 3, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    These heated exchanges and taunts are damaging to cricket. The sledging should be made illegal. What sort of mental strength you are testing out there? Because you are not a good bowler and can't beat the batsman you go and bump shoulders? Let the ball do the talking and let the bats have the say in exchange. keep your mouths shut and play with gaming tools not your ridiculous mouths.