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Ashes: Ricky Ponting regrets arguing with Aleem Dar

Fourth Ashes Test: Australia 98 v England 444-5 (stumps, day two)
Venue: Melbourne Dates: 26-30 December Start time: 2330 GMT each day
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Aleem Dar and Ricky Ponting
Ponting drew boos from the MCG crowd for remonstrating with Umpire Dar

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said he regrets arguing with umpire Aleem Dar after disagreeing with a review against Kevin Pietersen.

Ponting was fined 40% of his match fee over the incident and told Australian broadcaster ABC: "There's no doubt my actions have caused a massive reaction.

"I understand I overstepped the mark. I realise it didn't look good but the umpires vouched for me.

"I accepted the fine straight away and now it's about looking forward."

Ponting spent more than a minute remonstrating with Dar after an unsuccessful review of a not out decision against Pietersen on the second day of the match.

He also exchanged words with Pietersen and umpire Tony Hill.

In a statement, the International Cricket Council said Ponting pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence.

Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct relates to "arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision".

And having pleaded guilty, match referee Ranjan Madugalle passed down his judgement without recourse to a full hearing.

Ponting added: "I guess that one flaw in the system is that replays are shown on the big screen and we could see an obvious hotspot mark and I wanted to clarify how the third umpire got to making the decision he made. It was a discussion between me and Aleem [Dar]. That is where it started and it went on too long.

"I looked at it again on Monday night. Still in my heart and mind he inside edged it and if you look at it properly the hotspot mark wasn't that far away from where the ball was but it's gone now.

"A short discussion with the umpires may have been appropriate but I got caught in the heat of the moment. It was a reaction of something I saw on the screen.

"The only time I've ever been in hot water is when I believe there's something wrong in the game.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell

"I not only let myself and my team-mates down but younger people who look up to us as well."

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