Hobart (Australia): No player was above the Laws of cricket and Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar had to pay the penalty for ball tampering, Australian captain Steve Waugh said on Wednesday. Waugh, a staunch cricket traditionalist, applauded the decision to punish Tendulkar for ball tampering, saying it showed the International Cricket Council (ICC) was no longer prepared to tolerate on field misbehaviour. "If he's picked the seam (of the ball) then he has got to pay the penalty like everyone else," Waugh said on the eve of Australia's second Test against New Zealand here. "There shouldn't be any favours because of your reputation or the way you play the game. If you do something wrong then you have to get pulled up for it." Waugh said that in the past ICC match referees had been too lenient in handling similar issues. "I think it's been going on too long, the ball tampering, affecting the state of the ball," he said. "It's about time people starting paying the penalty. If someone does something wrong they have to be penalised and in the past I think a lot of the players were let off, it wasn't consistent. "As long as they are consistent, that's fine by the players." While the on field behaviour of his own side has often been questioned, Waugh said he had made his players aware he would not tolerate ball tampering. "If they are caught picking the ball they are on their own," he said of his teammates. "Everyone knows how you're supposed to play, you're not supposed to tamper with the ball and if they do that, they will face the consequences. You play tough, but fair."
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