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Ricky Ponting wants improved behaviour from Australia

West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn (left) in a confrontation with Australia's Bard Haddin (centre) and Mitchell Johnson (right)
Tempers flare between Benn (left), Haddin (centre) and Johnson (right)

Australia captain Ricky Ponting wants more discipline from his side after the controversial scenes during the third Test win against the West Indies.

Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were fined after an angry exchange with West Indies bowler Sulieman Benn.

Australia's Shane Watson was also fined after his over-zealous celebration after taking the wicket of Chris Gayle.

"Those guys are a bit embarrassed probably and know that they have overstepped the mark," said Ponting.

"All you can do is talk to them about it after, let them know it's not acceptable and hope that they learn."

Benn collided with Johnson, who was at the non-striker's end, when he tried to field a ball off his own bowling before Haddin also got involved as tempers flared on day two of the match.

The trio clashed again at the end of the over and, afterwards, Benn was suspended for two one-day internationals, while Haddin and Johnson were fined 25% and 10 % of their match fees, respectively.

All-rounder Watson was also fined 15% of his match fee for the way he celebrated snaring Gayle in a victory which gave Australia a 2-0 series win.


"I'm not proud of the fact and I'm sure the players aren't either that we've had three guys reported in the one game," said Ponting.

"Reports have been something that we've been really strict on the last couple of years amongst the player group and we've got a good record the last couple of years.

He added: "When things happen in the spur of the moment it's not as if I can stop or interject as it's happening either, particularly with the one with Haddin and Johnson, and I'm in the changing rooms."

"The three are all relatively young in international cricket and if they didn't know before, they now know the mark that they've overstepped."

Australia will play Pakistan in their next outing when they start the first of a three-match Test series on Boxing Day.

Ponting and Australia coach Tim Nielsen have spoken to Haddin, Johnson and Watson and will also now also speak to the rest of the squad.

"Those guys have been spoken about already and we need to talk to the guys as a group at the end of this game," said Ponting.

"There has been enough talk already for the guys to be clear on what is acceptable and it's something that needs to be revisited quite regularly, but at the same time a lot of it is unavoidable.

"We all have responsibilities and one of mine as captain is to make sure guys don't overstep the mark."

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see also
Australia wrap up series victory
20 Dec 09 |  Cricket
Benn suspended after altercation
18 Dec 09 |  West Indies

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