Australia in South Africa, 2005-06 March 19, 2006

Smith fined for dissent

Cricinfo staff



Graeme Smith was fined for his reaction to his second-innings dismissal © Getty Images

Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, has been fined 30% of his match fee for showing dissent after he was adjudged leg before in the first Test at Cape Town.

Chris Broad, the match referee, found Smith guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct that relates to "showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse".

"As captain of his side Graeme needs to lead by example," Broad said. "His actions on his dismissal were not acceptable. He is aware of this and has apologised for his actions. I hope that we will not see this sort of behaviour from him again."

Smith was given out lbw to Shane Warne after he played back to one that turned sharply into his pads from outside off stump.