WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain June 19, 2014

Southee fined for confrontation with Edwards

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New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has been fined for breaching the Code of Conduct following a confrontation with Kirk Edwards on the second day of the Test against West Indies in Port-of-Spain.

The incident occurred around the 31st over of West Indies' first innings and a release from the ICC said Southee ignored previous warnings from the on-field umpires, Ian Gould and Rod Tucker. The over was bowled by legspinner Ish Sodhi, who dismissed Edwards for 55 off the third ball.

Southee was fined 30% of his match fee by the match referee Chris Broad after he pleaded guilty to breaching Article 2.1.8, that relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

"Southee's behavior towards Edwards was unacceptable and contrary to the spirit of the game," Broad said. "He disregarded the on-field umpires' previous warnings and continued to engage with Edwards, which required the intervention of the umpires in the middle of the pitch. In doing so, Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport."

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  • Donna on June 20, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    For some reason my comments all seem not to be posted but here I go again. I have never seen or heard of Curtley Ambrose or Courtney Walsh sledging. All I can remember is Curtley Ambrose's menacing stare. Anyway a little witty banter is part and parcel of the game. I've heard it said that Freddy Flintoff once told a wayward Tino Best to watch out for the windows. That gets the point across without being nasty. These other people take it down too low. My guess is that they are lacking in wit.

  • brendan on June 20, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Didn't see it but doesn't really sound like a massive deal? A bit of banter is all good, just when it reaches Ashes levels that it becomes pretty tiresome. Also for the most part these two teams have played each other in pretty good spirit recently.

    Funny that it was Edwards that took a screamer to dismiss him too. Made me think of when he gave Richard Levi a spray who then went on to hit the fastest T20 century.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @Ramakrishnan - "Present day"? - Sledgings been around for decades, even dating back to the 50's and 60's.

    @Con Tringas - the West Indies sledge, just like everyone else, and if you don't believe it, you haven't been paying attention.

    @Joan Belcon - name one "great" Australian player who doesn't sledge? The Waughs were masters at it, Warne was also partial to words.

  • James on June 20, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I wonder whether commentators rate sledges as they do catches, shots and deliveries. I have never noticed. Sledging has never before interested me, but I am now in bed with a fever. Does sledging appear in coaching manuals for young players these days? I had books on technique by May and Benaud and they did not cover sledging. Can there be a scorebook entry saying so-and-so was out not only caught so-and-so bowled so-and-so but (in brackets, perhaps) 'with sledging by so and so'? Coaches of sledging - who must exist, if it is an aspect of the great in cricket - I have not heard from. Sledging is a form of attack, after all. For fans in places like Vietnam, where I live, where media a limited, I do wonder what various players are, as it were, beaten with. For example, is there anyone who always gets the famous hiss of the Marquis de Valmont?

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    I have never seen bowlers like Roberts,Holding,Garner,Marshal,Kapil,Hadlee and several greats indulge in sledging . They all showed their ability with the ball and that is how bit has to be. Sledging has no role in cricket but it is difficult to inculcate this philosophy in the minds of present day cricketers. Such acts only bring down the esteem of the players.

  • Android on June 20, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @Con Trignas Curtly Ambrose, Courntney Walsh. Glenn Mcgrath, Brett Lee, Allan Donald all used to sledge. I can tell you're less than 20 years old mate.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Unless you are Southee and you don't like getting stick all over the park. You can tell Southee has no respect for the WI, but he has to keep his frustrations to himself when he finally runs into a little blading and be a sportsman.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    what a lot of rubish from shane bond ,west indies dosnt resort to sledging they just play for skill ,sledging is only for teams that havnt the skill and resort to sledging . congratulations to the authorities ,it only seams to happen when bowlers cant get batsmen out.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Great cricketers do not need to sledge when skill is on their side.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I wonder why only certain teams indulge in this practice. We dont hear of West Indoes, Sri Lanka, Bagladesh doing these things. Its seems though that Australia, England and South Africa revel in that sort of thing. Even when the WI were on top for years they never did that. They spoke with the ball or bat. But these teams fel that WI are a weak unit and use that as a weapon. Really disappointed with Southee as i thought the Kiwis were above this sort of thing. Guess i was wrong.

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