Cricket World Cup 2011

England fined, Bresnan rapped

2011-02-28 13:26
Tim Bresnan (File)

Bangalore - England seamer Tim Bresnan has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for hitting his stumps with his bat during the dramatic Cricket World Cup tie with co-hosts India.

And England have been fined for a slow over-rate in the thrilling encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.

Bresnan, who had earlier taken career-best figures of five for 48, was looking to see England home when he was bowled by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for 14 at the end of the 48th over.

He then hit the stumps with his bat, seemingly in frustration with himself.

Bresnan pleaded guilty to contravening the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct.

"While giving my verdict, I took into account that Bresnan admitted his mistake, apologised for his action and that it was his first offence," said match referee Roshan Mahanama.

Bresnan received the minimum penalty - he could have been fined up to 50 percent of his match fee.

The England team were fined for a slow over-rate, deemed to be one over short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.

England skipper Andrew Strauss, who made a career-best 158, was fined 20 percent of his fee while his players received 10 percent fines.


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