Match fine 'too lenient'

WARWICK Cricket Association president Ivor Hill is disgusted Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson was only hit with a fine of 60 per cent of his match fee after an incident with New Zealand batsman Scott Styris during the first one-day international game in New Zealand.

“You do not touch another player and get away with it,” Hill said.

“He could have been provoked but Johnson made contact with Styris and should have been sent home from the one-day series.

“I don’t like seeing little kids in Warwick or anywhere seeing a cricketer make contract with another player,” Hill said.

“Kids hit a four and put their knuckles together just like they see on television so they take notice of what they see.”

Hill said Johnson should have been fined the whole of his match payment and suspended for the rest of the one-day series.

“He could then have returned for the Test series,” Hill said.

“In the next match between Australia and New Zealand, Styris hit Johnson for successive fours.”



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