Dumped Test batsman Callum Ferguson has been dealt another blow after he was fined for showing dissent in South Australia's Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the MCG.
On day three of the Redbacks' second innings, Ferguson was trapped lbw for 24 by Victoria allrounder Marcus Stoinis. The right-hander looked frustrated with his dismissal, and appeared to hit his glove on his bat before walking off to the change-rooms as the Bushrangers celebrated.
Ferguson was reported by the on-field umpires for breaching Cricket Australia's Code of Conduct, having been deemed to have shown dissent at the decision.
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After match referee Simon Taufel considered the umpire's written report, Ferguson pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined 10 per cent of his match fee.
Victoria wicketkeeper Sam Harper was charged with a level two offence during the same incident but had the verdict overturned on appeal.
Harper had been charged with breaching Cricket Australia Code of Conduct Article 2.2.5 - 'charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing'.
After Taufel offered Harper a sanction of 50 per cent of his match fee, the teenaged gloveman contested the charge and was found not guilty following a hearing.
Ferguson's charge cops a rough couple of weeks for the South Australian, who was dropped from Australia's Test side after just one match last month.
Ferguson made three and one in his Test debut in Hobart, where South Africa romped to a series-clinching innings-and-80 run victory.
The 32-year-old has reached double figures just once in his past seven first-class innings.
Ferguson stressed last week he hoped to avoid having the 'one-Test wonder' tag bestowed upon him and said had been told by interim national selection panel chairman Trevor Hohns that weight of runs could see him win back his spot in the Test team.
"He said the door is certainly not shut," Ferguson said of his conversation with Hohns after being told he'd been dropped. "Get out there, make runs and certainly you've got an opportunity to get back in there if you do put them on the board.
"It is disappointing any time you get left out of a side, so it's back to the drawing board.
"Make runs for South Australia, win games for South Australia and hopefully fight my way back in."
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