Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee for arguments with the umpire during the Test against England in Melbourne on Monday. Ponting was charged with a Level 1 offence relating to “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision”. He pleaded guilty to the charge. Ponting had picked up an argument with umpire Aleem Darafter batsman Kevin Pietersen correctly survived a caught-behind referral. Replays showed no inside edge from Pietersen’s push, but Ponting remained convinced there had been a mistake. His mostly one-way conversation carried on for so long that the crowd started to boo. Pietersen, who was on 49, was then met by Ponting mid-pitch as the captain continued to vent ire.