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Last updated 18:46 19/06/2014

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New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for a heated on-field clash with West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards.

Southee was hit with the fine by match referee Chris Broad for the incident on day two of the second cricket test in Port-of-Spain yesterday.

It amounts to around $2400, with the Black Caps earning close to $8000 per test.

He was found to have committed a level one breach of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct for players, and pleaded guilty to breaching article 2.1.8, that relates to conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.

The incident around the 31st over of the West Indies' first innings required the intervention of the on-field umpires.

Broad said: "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."

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker, as well as TV umpire Richard Illingworth.

All level one breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee.

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