Sharma fined as India-Australia tensions build again

Published: Monday, February 25, 2008, 13:37 [IST]
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Indian paceman Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after clashing with Australian batsman Andrew Symonds during Sunday's tri-series match, spiking tensions between the sides again.

Sharma and Symonds, who has an extremely strained relationship with the Indians after the Harbhajan Singh hearing, became involved in an incident after the batsman was clean bowled by the teenager late in the Australian innings.

Sharma was charged under the International Cricket Council code of conduct for pointing the batsman back to the pavilion and faced a disciplinary hearing before ICC match referee Jeff Crowe at the team hotel after play on Sunday.

Symonds appeared to take offence at Sharma's celebration and made his displeasure known, with the Indian responding and pointing to the pavilion.

Website Cricinfo reported here Monday that India had responded to the fine by writing to Crowe about provocative behaviour from the Australians.

Indian team manager Dr Bimal Soni confirmed they had lodged a complaint of their own, Cricinfo said.

"The umpires, based on what they had seen in the middle, reported to the match referee about the incident," Cricinfo quoted Soni as saying.

"Our plea was Symonds provocated (sic) Ishant and that's why he did what he did.

"He (Crowe) promised he would be speaking with the Australian captain about the matter."

Speaking in Hobart ahead of Tuesday's tri-series clash with India, Sri Lankan captain skipper Mahela Jayawardene weighed into the controversy on Monday.

Asked about the incident between Sharma and Symonds, Jayawardene said that aggression on the field was alright as long as it didn't get out of hand.

"Yesterday was probably just a bit of frustration from both parties," said Jayawardene.

"As long as it doesn't boil into a major issue then it should be okay. The aggressive nature can bring the best out of some guys."

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