Steyn and Roach slapped with heavy fines

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 17:19 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Barbados: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and West Indian pacer Kemar Roach have been fined for their ugly roles in an on-field argument, which marred the third Test between South Africa and West Indies.

Steyn has been slapped with a fine of 100% match fee after he appeared to have spit in the direction of West Indies fielder Sulieman Benn after getting out.

Kemar Roach was fined 50% of his match fee after he had to be pulled away from South Africa`s Jacques Kallis after hitting him on the helmet with a bouncer.

"Dale`s behaviour was entirely unacceptable and he knows that," said Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

"The fact that he was provoked by Sulieman during his time at the crease helps to explain his actions but cannot excuse them. 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."

Kemar Roach pleaded guilty to a second level one offence of conduct "contrary to the spirit of the game" inside 12 months.

Crowe added: "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 behaviour."