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Steyn fined '100% of match fee'

2010-06-30 22:35
Dale Steyn (AP)
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Cape Town – South African bowler Dale Steyn is believed to have been fined his full match fee following a disciplinary hearing in Barbados on Wednesday.

Steyn and West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn exchanged words on day three of the third Test and afterwards it appeared as if Steyn spat in the direction of Benn.

New Zealand match referee Jeff Crowe called for a disciplinary hearing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has not yet officially announced the outcome of the hearing, but Sport24 believes that Steyn has been fined 100% of his match fee (after tax has been deducted).

Proteas players are believed to earn R25 000 per Test (before tax).

Steyn said on Wednesday that everything had happened in the heat of battle.

“Both sides knew that they had to win the Test. The incident is all part of the game,” Steyn told Sapa-AFP.

Ironically, he was named as the player of the series.

The incident, as well as a verbal altercation between Jacques Kallis and Kemar Roach, took some of the shine off the Proteas’ series win.

South Africa gave the Windies their usual hiding, but even Proteas captain Graeme Smith admitted that the team’s poor performance in the World Twenty20 tournament still hurt.

Smith and Co completed a 2-0 series victory in Bridgetown on Tuesday.

“It was an excellent series for the team and you can’t argue with results,” said Smith.

“However, you also can’t hide from the disappointment of the T20 tournament.”

The Proteas won the one-day and Test series, as well as two T20 matches to tighten their stranglehold on the Windies.

There are a number of positives in spite of the weak opposition.

Smith regained his best form after struggling in the shorter version of the game.

He scored 371 runs in the Test series, including a century and two 50s.

AB de Villiers also showed his maturity in the series with a century and two 50s. He was also rewarded for his good form and climbed five places to No.11 on the ICC’s rankings list for batsmen.

Steyn and Morné Morkel are now established as the most feared opening bowling partnership in world cricket, while Johan Botha’s performance in the third Test has left selectors with a pleasant headache.


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