Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.
He was charged following an incident on day two of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne where he entered into a prolonged discussion with umpire Aleem Dar.
The incident occurred after a decision review - called for by Australia - went in favour of England batsman Kevin Pietersen.
“Ricky’s actions as captain of his country were unacceptable," match referee Ranjan Madugalle said.
"A captain is expected to set the example and not get involved in a prolonged discussion with the on-field umpires and question their decision.
“While pleading guilty to the charge, Ricky understood that the discussion went far too long. He apologised for his action and stated that he has nothing but respect for the umpires and his on-field actions were not intended to show disrespect to Aleem Dar or Tony Hill.”
England closed the day on 444 for five and Pietersen added just two runs after the review before he was dismissed for 51. Australia were dismissed for 98 on day one.
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