Ricky Ponting fined over umpire row

Melbourne: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was fined 40 percent of his match fee by the ICC after clashing heatedly with the match umpires over an unsuccessful video review at the fourth Ashes Test.

With his team struggling on the field against England, Ponting argued with Aleem Dar for some time and then spoke with the other umpire Tony Hill after Kevin Pietersen was adjudged not to have edged the ball for a caught behind.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Ponting pleaded guilty to a charge of "arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision."

Ponting`s fine equates to around USD 5,400.

The ICC said the matter had been determined by match referee Ranjan Madugalle without the need for a full hearing.

"Ricky`s actions as captain of his country were unacceptable," Madugalle said in a statement.

"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."

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland was reluctant to pass judgment on Ponting`s on-field behaviour, which drew a disapproving slow-handclap from sections of the crowd.

"At this stage, I wouldn`t be saying whether it`s good for the game, let`s see what the actual substance was," he said, speaking before the ICC announced its decision.

"The match referee is effectively the tribunal, if you like. If there is a report, he`s the one who hears the report and makes a judgement on it."

Pietersen was on 49 when wicketkeeper Brad Haddin persuaded Ponting to go for a review.