Swann fined

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Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann & Daryl Harper

The condition of the ball is the main talking point between Graeme Swann and Daryl Harper as England head to defeat in Chittagong

England’s Graeme Swann has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct during yesterday's World Cup defeat by Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Swann was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.4 of the code which relates to ‘using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match’.

The off-spinner pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by on-field umpires Daryl Harper and Rod Tucker, and third umpire Aleem Dar.

Match referee Jeff Crowe said: “Graeme became frustrated and upset at the condition of the second ball in use during the Bangladesh innings.

“His comments to the on-field umpires during the 26th over of the innings were unacceptable and an over later Graeme, realising this, made a genuine apology to the umpires for his actions.

“While it was recognised that, because of the dew, this was a difficult period to be in the field, it is also a fact that these conditions are not uncommon on the sub-continent.

“At the conclusion of the match Graeme accepted the sanction and there was no need for a full hearing.”

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