West Indies v Australia, 5th ODI, St Lucia March 26, 2012

Roach fined for deliberately barging Lee

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been fined 50% of his match fee for making deliberate physical contact with Brett Lee twice in the same over, during the fifth one-dayer against Australia in St Lucia.

The incident took place during the 39th over of Australia's innings. Lee took a single off Roach and was approaching the other end when Roach first made contact with him. The two stared at each other before Roach nudged Lee again while walking back to his mark.

Roach pleaded guilty to the Level 2 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play". There was no need for a formal hearing.

"There is no doubt that Kemar deliberately made physical contact with Brett, not once but twice," Andy Pycroft, the ICC match referee, said. "This is completely unacceptable as there is no place for physical contact in cricket.

"It is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time, least of all in a series as high-profile as this one. Kemar accepted his mistake and admitted that his behaviour was over aggressive and inappropriate. I am sure he has learnt his lesson and will be more careful in future."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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