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Ponting embarrassed by team conduct

Press Trust Of India
Dec 22, 2009 at 04:34pm IST

Melbourne: Shane Watson is not embarrassed by his on-field antics but Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is and will talk to his players about their on-field behaviour.

The third Test between Australia and the West Indies was marred by a few ugly incidents, involving players from both the sides.

Watson was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for his wild celebration after dismissing rival captain Chris Gayle on Saturday.

Ponting embarrassed by team conduct

OH NO NOT AGAIN: Ricky Ponting is embarrassed by his team's behaviour.

Before that Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were also fined for their run-in with Windies spinner Sulieman Benn, who was banned for two one-day matches.

Doug Bollinger was also fined for kicking the pitch in Adelaide.

The behaviour of the Australians invited criticism from all sides and Ponting wants to make sure that his teamates do not repeat such acts in the series against Pakistan.

"I know all the guys are a bit embarrassed probably and know they've overstepped the mark. It's one of my responsibilities as the captain to make sure that guys aren't overstepping the mark.

"This week when we get down to Melbourne as a group together it will happen in our first team meeting, we will go over some of the events of this week," Ponting was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'. PAGE_BREAK

However, Watson justified his action saying he was provoked by Gayle, thus that send off.

"There was a bit of build up to it, so it's always nice to get Chris Gayle out, he's obviously one of the most devastating batsmen in the world at the moment.

"He definitely let me know that he was keen for me to come on to bowl leading up to that, so it was very nice to get him out first ball," he was quoted as saying by the 'Daily Telegraph'.

"That was the catalyst for me celebrating the way I did. I know there's a line and I was extremely happy to get him out, I normally don't celebrate to that extent when I get someone out.

"But when he baits me, talking about wanting me to come on to bowl to be able to take me down, it's always very nice to get the upper hand," the all-rounder added.

Gayle, the player of the match and series, took pot shots at Watson's conduct saying he was not surprised by that.

"Shane is that sort of person. I didn't expect anything better. That is typically Watson. He is a passionate person. He expresses himself and sometimes he may overdo it," he said.

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