West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados July 1, 2010

Steyn and Roach fined for disciplinary run-ins

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Dale Steyn and Kemar Roach have been fined 100% and 50% of their match fees respectively after being found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct in separate incidents during the third Test between West Indies and South Africa.

Steyn pleaded guilty to spitting in the direction of West Indies' fielder Sulieman Benn, and was found to have committed a Level 2 breach of clause 2.2.11 of the ICC code of conduct, which relates to conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

The incident took place when Steyn was dismissed in the 132nd over of South Africa's first innings after having exchanged words with Benn in the previous few overs. As Steyn walked off, he appeared to spit in Benn's direction.

The match referee Jeff Crowe condemned Steyn's actions even though they had been instigated by Benn. "Dale's behaviour was entirely unacceptable and he knows that. The fact that he was provoked by Sulieman during his time at the crease helps to explain his actions but cannot excuse them," Crowe said. "Test cricket can be an examination of one's emotions as well as skill and players must learn to keep those emotions in check sufficiently to play within the spirit of the game. This was an ugly moment of which I'm sure Dale is not proud."

Benn escaped without a penalty, but his team-mate Roach was punished for a run-in with Jacques Kallis on the fourth day. Roach repeatedly walked up to and exchanged words with the batsman after testing him with a series of bouncers. The stand-off threatened to escalate and required the intervention of the umpires and West Indies fielders to come under control. Roach pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and was found to have breached clause 2.1.8 of the code which relates to conduct of a minor nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

"Kemar was involved in an unpleasant altercation in the final overs of the Test where he had to be pulled away by one of his fellow players," Crowe said. "This was after he received warnings from the umpires and so it could easily have been avoided. It was not acceptable behaviour for a player at this or any level of the game and it's not the first time Kemar has been involved in such behavior."

Since this was Roach's second breach of this clause within a 12-month period, the range of sanctions applicable was more severe - between 50% of his match fee up to a maximum of his full match fee and/or two suspension points, which amounts to one Test match or two ODIs.

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  • Metman on July 5, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Now I am hearing that SA wants the ICC to take action against Benn!WHAT AM I HEARING?as far as I know,Benn wasnt reported by the Umpires nor fined by the Match Referee.If that is the case,the WI should want the ICC to investigate Kallis too,and also look into the spitting incident with Stein,because all right thinking people were flabbergasted that he was only fined.WICB AND LAWYERS please take note of what is happening!

  • Metman on July 4, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Very well said Everfaithful77, I am in complete agreement with you!Joel Garner told Kemar Roach in Australia,he needs to be more aggressive,more hostile in his bowling and I am glad he has finally taken his advise.If the batsman says any thing to you,ALWAYS have something to say( within the spirit of the game of the game of course) ,back to him!If he insults you! insult him TOO!and to all you who are saying that Roach because he is young,should not have bowled those short pitched balls at Kallis ,a batsman with over 11000 runs----.this is the year 2010 ,and we are in the WEST INDIES,not in SA in the days when a black man could not even play on the same field as a white man,far less bowl bouncers at him!Who the hell is Kallis?Remember he played in the same team as HANSIE CRONJE!

  • Venkat_Super_11 on July 4, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I am an Indian and I cannot agree with few Indian fans here who claim that Indian cricketers know no sledging. Hope they haven't forgotten the very infamous Shreesanth at World T20 in 2007. And Bhajji! Don't we know about his third rated behaviour against Andrew Symmonds and still managed to get away from the incident after BCCI threatened to withdraw from the on-going series? I can give hundred more examples/incidents. Except Srilanka and Bangladesh, I can't think of any team that play gentleman's game. Typical example is how Shakib reacted politely to our Veeru's infamous remarks against the Bangladesh team saying "Pretty oridnary". That's where Bangladesh players differ from Indians. So, Indians may be sledging less than Aussies but no way better than them.

  • mahjut on July 3, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Well, there is a difference between aggression and provocation whether you like it or not. I didn't see the match but I've watched and played enough cricket to know that bowling fast and hard and staring at or saying to a batsmen "play that" or "how do you like it?" is very different from losing your cool and decending into insults when your aggression fails to make the impression you're hoping for...this most often happens when either, the batsman copes emotionally with your aggression or you fail to get them out. So, now I will be provocative; the more likely players to decend in to provocation (or at the very least be deemed so) will be the team which is losing...

  • Remo_Bond on July 2, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    I never said anything about racism.. I just said its double standard.. Just to give one more example, we all know about that test in SA in 2001 where 6 Indians were fined in a single match.. In that match, Veeru was fined by Mike Denness for over appealing. But in that exact same match Shaun Pollock had a few appeals where he kept screaming at the Umpire but was let of by the Mr Denness.. What would you guys call that... Standard procedure?? I just feel that Teams like India, Pakistan and SriLanka often suffer at the hands of Referees..while players from Australia, England , South Africa often escape without punishments or with fines.. Its just my view... Or May be like @IC_M told The asian blocks are undereducated in the art of sledging..

  • IC_M on July 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    For those who are bagging Indian cricketers, spare a thought for them, first of all they don't know how to sledge, or any subcontinent team for that matter. Anything said on the ground by other teams who are much better at sledging (No 1, Aussies, Kiwis, Poms and SA) are taken personally by subcontinent players and they reacts straight away. Players are still learning the so called "art of sledging" as it is not practiced at 1st class level in subcontinent. Unlike in AUS or other sledging specialist countries, it starts from school cricket. If anything cricket should be played with talent instead of playing with mind games. Just look at the great West Indian team in the 70's, the sledging was minimal but threat with bat & ball was maximum. I think AUS and other so called professional sledging teams should learn lot from this and change the way cricket is played, with raw talent not with rotten tongue.

  • ruester on July 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    I am so fed up of hearing complaints of unfair treatement on incidents like this, it does not matter what the players colour is or what country they are playing for they should all conduct themselves in the spirit of cricket. I watch Star Cricket and whenever an Indian player is fined or reprimanded the commentators say it was harsh and play the race card. Please grow up and lose the chip on your shoulder! These incidents would not happen so much if the boards jumped on the behaviour of all their players. If a player breaches the code of conduct then he should be banned for games and lose all his match fees and I dont mean a "PCB ban and fine". meaningless and revoked a day later! All countries should control their players, after all they are representing their nation.

  • Vishnu27 on July 2, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    perl57: what are you talking about? "his career would have been ruined like that of Symo"(sic). Firstly, what has this issue got to do with WI v SA? Secondly, what did Andrew Symonds do in India, other than having whole sections of stadiums monkey-chanting at him, as well as being racially vilified repeatedly by Harbhajan Singh??? This in my opinion is the lowest ebb for the ICC & India in recent cricket history, & you use it like a whip.This issue was completely & totally dismissed due to the overt threats of BCCI. One man is severely denigrated without remorse or apology & this appears to be completely okay with you. Andrew Symonds had well publicised inner demons & this issue played it's part in pushing him to the brink. Think about that for a second, please. It's not something to be proud of.

  • norsyyde on July 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    As a WI fan I dont like the image of Benn always in the middle of an on field controversey. It seems as though he likes to be a part of the action too often, and it has tarnished his reputation somewhat. That being said, the behaviour of Steyn in this test was at times obnoxious and over the top. His talent alone speaks volumes and the constant chatting at tailenders and hooting and muscle flexing became annoying to watch. His spitting offence was worthy of at least a 1 test ban or 2 odi's and a fine. Kallis got what he had coming. He chirped and repeatedly bounced tailenders and got a beauty off the chin from Roach who should have left it at that and not followed Kallis. The bullies got their own medicine. Simple.

  • everfaithful77 on July 2, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I agree with you Silva-Surfer there is nothing wrong with agression once it does not go overboard. What I don't understand is why fine Roach and not Kallis who exchanged most likely unpleasant words with Roach. The truth is this was the first time a West Indian bowler had shown true agression and hostility to the SA batsmen reminiscent of the glory days of Roberts, Holding et al. Kallis felt the pressure and reacted badly when he was hit hard on the helmet by a Roach bouncer. I say bravo to Roach and keep it up. SA were given a dose of their own medicine. This is the type of fire & passion badly lacking in all areas of WI cricket. The WI team must recruit fast bowlers willing to dish out that type of hostility to partner Roach and a new leader willing to encourage and utilise it wisely like LLoyd and Richards did.The batting and field placings must also embrace this type of aggression. Roach may have earned a fine but in that short spell he showed what's needed in WI cricket right now.

  • Metman on July 5, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Now I am hearing that SA wants the ICC to take action against Benn!WHAT AM I HEARING?as far as I know,Benn wasnt reported by the Umpires nor fined by the Match Referee.If that is the case,the WI should want the ICC to investigate Kallis too,and also look into the spitting incident with Stein,because all right thinking people were flabbergasted that he was only fined.WICB AND LAWYERS please take note of what is happening!

  • Metman on July 4, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Very well said Everfaithful77, I am in complete agreement with you!Joel Garner told Kemar Roach in Australia,he needs to be more aggressive,more hostile in his bowling and I am glad he has finally taken his advise.If the batsman says any thing to you,ALWAYS have something to say( within the spirit of the game of the game of course) ,back to him!If he insults you! insult him TOO!and to all you who are saying that Roach because he is young,should not have bowled those short pitched balls at Kallis ,a batsman with over 11000 runs----.this is the year 2010 ,and we are in the WEST INDIES,not in SA in the days when a black man could not even play on the same field as a white man,far less bowl bouncers at him!Who the hell is Kallis?Remember he played in the same team as HANSIE CRONJE!

  • Venkat_Super_11 on July 4, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I am an Indian and I cannot agree with few Indian fans here who claim that Indian cricketers know no sledging. Hope they haven't forgotten the very infamous Shreesanth at World T20 in 2007. And Bhajji! Don't we know about his third rated behaviour against Andrew Symmonds and still managed to get away from the incident after BCCI threatened to withdraw from the on-going series? I can give hundred more examples/incidents. Except Srilanka and Bangladesh, I can't think of any team that play gentleman's game. Typical example is how Shakib reacted politely to our Veeru's infamous remarks against the Bangladesh team saying "Pretty oridnary". That's where Bangladesh players differ from Indians. So, Indians may be sledging less than Aussies but no way better than them.

  • mahjut on July 3, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Well, there is a difference between aggression and provocation whether you like it or not. I didn't see the match but I've watched and played enough cricket to know that bowling fast and hard and staring at or saying to a batsmen "play that" or "how do you like it?" is very different from losing your cool and decending into insults when your aggression fails to make the impression you're hoping for...this most often happens when either, the batsman copes emotionally with your aggression or you fail to get them out. So, now I will be provocative; the more likely players to decend in to provocation (or at the very least be deemed so) will be the team which is losing...

  • Remo_Bond on July 2, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    I never said anything about racism.. I just said its double standard.. Just to give one more example, we all know about that test in SA in 2001 where 6 Indians were fined in a single match.. In that match, Veeru was fined by Mike Denness for over appealing. But in that exact same match Shaun Pollock had a few appeals where he kept screaming at the Umpire but was let of by the Mr Denness.. What would you guys call that... Standard procedure?? I just feel that Teams like India, Pakistan and SriLanka often suffer at the hands of Referees..while players from Australia, England , South Africa often escape without punishments or with fines.. Its just my view... Or May be like @IC_M told The asian blocks are undereducated in the art of sledging..

  • IC_M on July 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    For those who are bagging Indian cricketers, spare a thought for them, first of all they don't know how to sledge, or any subcontinent team for that matter. Anything said on the ground by other teams who are much better at sledging (No 1, Aussies, Kiwis, Poms and SA) are taken personally by subcontinent players and they reacts straight away. Players are still learning the so called "art of sledging" as it is not practiced at 1st class level in subcontinent. Unlike in AUS or other sledging specialist countries, it starts from school cricket. If anything cricket should be played with talent instead of playing with mind games. Just look at the great West Indian team in the 70's, the sledging was minimal but threat with bat & ball was maximum. I think AUS and other so called professional sledging teams should learn lot from this and change the way cricket is played, with raw talent not with rotten tongue.

  • ruester on July 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    I am so fed up of hearing complaints of unfair treatement on incidents like this, it does not matter what the players colour is or what country they are playing for they should all conduct themselves in the spirit of cricket. I watch Star Cricket and whenever an Indian player is fined or reprimanded the commentators say it was harsh and play the race card. Please grow up and lose the chip on your shoulder! These incidents would not happen so much if the boards jumped on the behaviour of all their players. If a player breaches the code of conduct then he should be banned for games and lose all his match fees and I dont mean a "PCB ban and fine". meaningless and revoked a day later! All countries should control their players, after all they are representing their nation.

  • Vishnu27 on July 2, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    perl57: what are you talking about? "his career would have been ruined like that of Symo"(sic). Firstly, what has this issue got to do with WI v SA? Secondly, what did Andrew Symonds do in India, other than having whole sections of stadiums monkey-chanting at him, as well as being racially vilified repeatedly by Harbhajan Singh??? This in my opinion is the lowest ebb for the ICC & India in recent cricket history, & you use it like a whip.This issue was completely & totally dismissed due to the overt threats of BCCI. One man is severely denigrated without remorse or apology & this appears to be completely okay with you. Andrew Symonds had well publicised inner demons & this issue played it's part in pushing him to the brink. Think about that for a second, please. It's not something to be proud of.

  • norsyyde on July 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    As a WI fan I dont like the image of Benn always in the middle of an on field controversey. It seems as though he likes to be a part of the action too often, and it has tarnished his reputation somewhat. That being said, the behaviour of Steyn in this test was at times obnoxious and over the top. His talent alone speaks volumes and the constant chatting at tailenders and hooting and muscle flexing became annoying to watch. His spitting offence was worthy of at least a 1 test ban or 2 odi's and a fine. Kallis got what he had coming. He chirped and repeatedly bounced tailenders and got a beauty off the chin from Roach who should have left it at that and not followed Kallis. The bullies got their own medicine. Simple.

  • everfaithful77 on July 2, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    I agree with you Silva-Surfer there is nothing wrong with agression once it does not go overboard. What I don't understand is why fine Roach and not Kallis who exchanged most likely unpleasant words with Roach. The truth is this was the first time a West Indian bowler had shown true agression and hostility to the SA batsmen reminiscent of the glory days of Roberts, Holding et al. Kallis felt the pressure and reacted badly when he was hit hard on the helmet by a Roach bouncer. I say bravo to Roach and keep it up. SA were given a dose of their own medicine. This is the type of fire & passion badly lacking in all areas of WI cricket. The WI team must recruit fast bowlers willing to dish out that type of hostility to partner Roach and a new leader willing to encourage and utilise it wisely like LLoyd and Richards did.The batting and field placings must also embrace this type of aggression. Roach may have earned a fine but in that short spell he showed what's needed in WI cricket right now.

  • Itchy on July 2, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Given Bhajji's previous record, he should be given a one match ban every time he opens his mouth..........

    As for the Mitchell Johnson "head-butt", why would he head-butt a batsman wearing a helmet? There was contact between the two but hardly a head-butt!

    I agree that Steyn should have got a ban for at least one match but don't understand why Benn got nothing as he has proven to be a serial offender too.

  • mchewy on July 2, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Nothing happens to Australian players when they are in the wrong...and that is one of the reasons why Howard was not elected, for this type of thing. I agree that players should be fined etc, but everyone should be treated the same.Players should realise that they are role models for a number of people so when they display that attitudde they are passing it on to generations to come.Come guys get your act together.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 2, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    ICC should make a law that if a player has been fined 50% or 100% fees or banned for any matches for bad behaviour/fight in a year than they should ban them for six months or more from international cricket....These aggresive temper players do not care about money they only care about their nature..Also they should make them go for Anger Management classes and only after that they should remove their ban........

  • masteraneesh on July 1, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Remo Bond has just said the truest thing I've heard

  • Sanjiyan on July 1, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    blue android..what youre saying makes no sense in context to youre first sentence. Whats getting me a bit fed up is that everyone is saying that Steyn got off lightly. 100% of your matchfee is pretty hefty if you look at fines in general. Granted if it was Harbajan, Sreesanth,Afridi or Akhtar then they would have gotten a much heavier fine. Thats because their BEHAVIOUR in the past has been far from exemplary. I believe that that brat called Stuart Broad will also receive a heavy penalty the next time he steps over the line. Same goes for Swan as well.

  • the_blue_android on July 1, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Lot of people here saying Sreesanth,Bajji have worse past records. Let me give you an insight which you have conveniently missed. If Bajji and Sreesanth were reprimanded but steyn and Johnson were not in the past incidents, Bajji and Sreesanth would have a worse record than Steyn and Johnson.

  • Chestnutgrey on July 1, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Thank God. You can't blame India for this. Or for Australia's loss.

  • ragamuffintuffy on July 1, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Luv it! Make their wallets lighter. Let them explain to their girlies as to why im bringing home less $. Cricket is a game of class n finesse. No bad boy behavior should be tolerated, full stop!

  • the_blue_android on July 1, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    @GEorge - what if the same double standards were applied in all prior cases involving Steyn and Sreesanth? Could it be possible that Sreesanth has worse record than Steyn because Steyn was let go of other offences and Sreesanth was not?

  • Shash28 on July 1, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Well, it all seems alright... I don't think anyone deserved a match ban or so... and yes, I've seen the mentions of Mitchell Johnson headbutting a helmut... I can't recall what happened to him after that.

    With regards to diff. referees giving diff. verdicts is very similar to how the courts pronounce their judgements as well... diff. judges levee diff. sentences... there is a human element involved in judging... along with the letter of the law.

  • look_nah on July 1, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    The match referee's rulings came down exactly along the line of their expected double standards. People are free to make whatever arguments they choose and take whichever side they like but the fact remains; Dale Steyn did something despicable and showed he has no class.

  • SurlyCynic on July 1, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    'Racism' accusations were already flying long before these punishments were even announced. Truly pathetic. And as someone else has pointed out, bad as Steyn's actions were (but a first offence unlike Bhaji et al) the punishment is the same as that received by Wavell Hinds.

    Really boring hearing about 'racism' all the time, particularly as India supposedly dominates the ICC now!

  • Silva-Surfa on July 1, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    I haven't got a problem with a little bravado and aggression during a match. It adds intensity to a Player's competitive edge and i don't see that as a bad thing. But anybody that crosses the line, well that's what the Umpires and Match-Referee are there for and should be punished accordingly. Having said that, this superior attitude that Roach isn't worthy of bowling aggessively to Kallis, where in the rules does it say that?...it's that kind of Political Double-Standards where there's one rule for certain Countries and a diffrerent one for others rings true because i've lost count the amount of times i've seen various players, depending on their reputation and where they're from get punished more heavily than others, for a very simular offense. Gotta love the hypocrisy...

  • actonr on July 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    @remo_bond Stop being so sensitive, your comments smack of having a rather large chip on your shoulder. The 2 players you mentioned are known trouble makers who are always involved in incidents and altercations...particularly Bhajji. His supporters always say he's just passionate, thats why he gets up peoples noses. Thats rubbish! In this case, spitting was a disgusting reaction to provocation and cant be condoned. However, the lightness of the sentence is due to Steyns impecable disipline record. He just gets on with it and bowls. A mean fast bowler yes, but is always on the right side of the line. You are quite right in saying if Sree or Bhajj had done it, they would have been banned because they are repeat offenders. I have no doubt that Tendulkar would have been dealt with in the same way as Steyn has here. Its about their previous behaviour of which both have good records. As for Benn, he will no doubt continue to appear before diciplinary hearings due to his attitude problem.

  • Yogitheuniverse on July 1, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I dont think steyn will be immensely happy on what he had done.. You won't expect this from a No.1 bowler.. Rather than ICC; the respective cricket boards should look in to these cases seriously.. THIS TYPE OF AGRESSION will never enhance mutual relations between players at all..:)

  • actonr on July 1, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    @remo_bond Stop being so sensitive, your comments smack of having a rather large chip on your shoulder. The 2 players you mentioned are known trouble makers who are always involved in incidents and altercations...particularly Bhajji. His supporters always say he's just passionate, thats why he gets up peoples noses. Thats rubbish! In this case, spitting was a disgusting reaction to provocation and cant be condoned. However, the lightness of the sentence is due to Steyns impecable disipline record. He just gets on with it and bowls. A mean fast bowler yes, but is always on the right side of the line. You are quite right in saying if Sree or Bhajj had done it, they would have been banned because they are repeat offenders. I have no doubt that Tendulkar would have been dealt with in the same way as Steyn has here. Its about their previous behaviour of which both have good records. As for Benn, he will no doubt continue to appear before diciplinary hearings due to his attitude problem.

  • lugujaga on July 1, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    dale steyn and jacques kallis are products of their upbringing that still exist in their core and especially what dale steyn did will always bring out the worst in any west indian. steyn is lucky that benn did not use the stumps for the obvious reason.it will be interesting to hear what kallis told roach to get him so riled up like that. however the match referees have a history of going easy on cricketers from certain countries such as : australia ,south africa and england. going forward the punishment for violators of cricket laws should be distributed the same way across the board ,to any cricketer no matter which country they are from

  • Kushh on July 1, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    asia block vs others guys

  • george204 on July 1, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Remo_Bond: Yes, had it been Sreesanth I would have expected him to receive worse punishment than Steyn because Sreesanth's disciplinary record is far worse than Steyn's. That's not double standards, it's justifiably punishing a repeat offender more harshly.

    Having said that, a fine (even 100% match fee) is remarkably lenient for something as bad as spitting. I wonder whether it would have been different had it actually hit its target?

  • anaveenaaron on July 1, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    This West Indies team should learn how to win first than get into all this on-field spat. Yes, What Styn did is unacceptable to a gentleman's game. But wat Roach did is also not fair. They should first prove themselves on the field and get into all this. Even Benn should have been punished.

  • frost on July 1, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    @Remo_Bond, sure, if it was Sreesanth he would probably have been banned, but it wouldn't have been his first incident. Steyn's record is clean, this is the first time that something like this has happened. That counts for something. Did you actually see the incident involving Johnson? It wasn't as much a head butt as heads colliding when they got to close. I would say head butting somebody who's wearing a helmet is punishment enough...

  • umarsps on July 1, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Benn you are great. styne you have shown your level.........

  • on July 1, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Suppose Benn had been the one spitting?

  • Vijendran on July 1, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    How come Benn was banned for a test an 2 ODIs but Steyn only his match fee??? There needs to be one person that makes all the decisions or a comimttee otherwise it is just plain unfair. Jeff Crowe is obviously much more lenient than Chirs Broad, but how is that fair on the players?

  • djdrastic on July 1, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Gotta laugh at some of the Indian and West Indians on here with their short memories calling for 3 match bans.Wavell Hinds did the EXACT same thing and got the EXACT same punishment.

    If anything the Match referee was consistent.

    PS http://www.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/story/208733.html

  • Fireballz on July 1, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Yes you're right Remo_Bond, Sreesanth or Harbajhan would have got a suspension for this. Not because they're Indian (as Indians love suggesting) but because of their disgraceful past record. 100% match fee is quite a bit and I think Steyn is one of the more well behaved players in world cricket. The Mitchell Johnson incident has absolutely nothing to do with this. And this match is between West Indies and South Africa. Let it go...

  • RK03 on July 1, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    @ArvindNair, LOL You should be happy he got a fine at all. I thought they just ban Benn, AGAIN.

    If it was other way around, at least 3-4 match ban was waiting the very next min.

    SOB ICC and it's D***H**Ded staff

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 1, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Fully agreed with Demo Bond that if an Asian player would behaive like steyn then he would be easily banned for 2 or 3 ODIs or for a Test Match at least.Steyn must had been banned for atleast two ODIs for his malicious and inelegant action.

  • perl57 on July 1, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Long live BCCI, people like Howard will encourage and influence these decisions more towards their side. At least they are getting fined now. Had it been Howard, they would have had gotten scott free. Mitchell's head butt, shd it have happened in India, his career would have been ruined like that of Symo.

  • Wakeybeancounter on July 1, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Funny how Kallis can dish it out and get away with it but when Roach gives it back he gets hauled over the coals. No doubt the fawning hopeless Crowe was hoping for Kallis' autograph,who like all those like him ask West Indian and sub-continent players for a far higher standard of behavior than their white colleagues.

  • ianspooner on July 1, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Seems its sledging for one group of players and provoking for the other group.This reminds me of the Hurricane Katrina incident when the black persons were labelled to be "Looting" and the white persons labelled as " looking for foodl."

  • ianspooner on July 1, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Jeff Crowe says that Steyn was provoked while at the crease. I fully expected something like this to be said. Seems its sledging for one group of players and provoking for the other group. Jeff and the other referees really need to looking deep into themselves when it comes to these judgments.

  • CHARLA on July 1, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    cannot agree more with the previous comments.doble standards all the way.i wonder why indian journalists do not react like the aussie press and give it back to them. instances of white gentleman cricketers getting away with murder are far too many. CHARLA

  • prabwal on July 1, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    are u kidding me ? how can u otherwise explain this ?

  • Remo_Bond on July 1, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I just wonder what would've happened, had a sreesanth or a bhajji been in steyn's place.. 2 match suspension? or ban for a year?? Saw something similar with Mitchell Johnson a few months back against Newzealand.. Head butt and he was let off with a fine.. Double standards rules... !!!!

  • ArvindNair on July 1, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    That's it for a dubious spitting incident? Yet another of the match referee's partisan calls..It surely was worth a 2-3 match ban at the least. If all a player loses is a few dollars of one game for spitting, then..........

  • Vivek.Bhandari on July 1, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    happy for Benn...:), but probably this may be a one-off incident for him...as he's really in a habit to instigate such things..

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  • Vivek.Bhandari on July 1, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    happy for Benn...:), but probably this may be a one-off incident for him...as he's really in a habit to instigate such things..

  • ArvindNair on July 1, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    That's it for a dubious spitting incident? Yet another of the match referee's partisan calls..It surely was worth a 2-3 match ban at the least. If all a player loses is a few dollars of one game for spitting, then..........

  • Remo_Bond on July 1, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I just wonder what would've happened, had a sreesanth or a bhajji been in steyn's place.. 2 match suspension? or ban for a year?? Saw something similar with Mitchell Johnson a few months back against Newzealand.. Head butt and he was let off with a fine.. Double standards rules... !!!!

  • prabwal on July 1, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    are u kidding me ? how can u otherwise explain this ?

  • CHARLA on July 1, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    cannot agree more with the previous comments.doble standards all the way.i wonder why indian journalists do not react like the aussie press and give it back to them. instances of white gentleman cricketers getting away with murder are far too many. CHARLA

  • ianspooner on July 1, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Jeff Crowe says that Steyn was provoked while at the crease. I fully expected something like this to be said. Seems its sledging for one group of players and provoking for the other group. Jeff and the other referees really need to looking deep into themselves when it comes to these judgments.

  • ianspooner on July 1, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Seems its sledging for one group of players and provoking for the other group.This reminds me of the Hurricane Katrina incident when the black persons were labelled to be "Looting" and the white persons labelled as " looking for foodl."

  • Wakeybeancounter on July 1, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Funny how Kallis can dish it out and get away with it but when Roach gives it back he gets hauled over the coals. No doubt the fawning hopeless Crowe was hoping for Kallis' autograph,who like all those like him ask West Indian and sub-continent players for a far higher standard of behavior than their white colleagues.

  • perl57 on July 1, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Long live BCCI, people like Howard will encourage and influence these decisions more towards their side. At least they are getting fined now. Had it been Howard, they would have had gotten scott free. Mitchell's head butt, shd it have happened in India, his career would have been ruined like that of Symo.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 1, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Fully agreed with Demo Bond that if an Asian player would behaive like steyn then he would be easily banned for 2 or 3 ODIs or for a Test Match at least.Steyn must had been banned for atleast two ODIs for his malicious and inelegant action.