Overzealous Southee fined

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A contravention of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct has seen New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee fined.

A contravention of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct has seen New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee fined.

Southee, during an unsavoury confrontation with West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, committed the breach on day two of the ongoing second Test at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.

A press release from the ICC revealed Southee ignored previous warnings from on-field umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker. The seamer pleaded guilty to breaching article 2.1.8, which relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game". 30 percent of the player's match fee was consequently deducted.

"Southee's behavior towards Edwards was unacceptable and contrary to the spirit of the game. He disregarded the on-field umpires' previous warnings and continued to engage with Edwards, which required the intervention of the umpires in the middle of the pitch. In doing so, Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport," said match referee Chris Broad.

The fixture will soon enter the fourth day, as New Zealand resume 166 runs in arrears to the Windies' 460 all out, built on the back of fine centuries from batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo.

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