IAN HEALY, Australia's vice-captain, has made a public apology after being censured for showing dissent in the final Test against South Africa.
Healy hurled his bat into the dressing-room at Pretoria after being given out caught behind when it appeared the ball had come off the pad. Match referee Raman Subba Row suspended him from the first two of the coming one-day internationals for dissent, resulting in a call-up for Adam Gilchrist.
Healy said he regretted losing his composure. ``I certainly do not condone in any way my actions in throwing the bat.'' He was also unhappy at allowing ``the many frustrations of the Test to hit so hard''.
Subba Row will be submitting a report to the International Cricket Council on umpiring in the series - won 2-1 by Australia. While refusing to disclose its contents Subba Row said he felt that it was time member countries got together to establish a code of conduct on players' appealing.
Television replays have shown up an unusual number of umpiring errors in this series but Subba Row said: ``It is now part of the system and we must live with it.''