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Faulkner fined for breach

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:52PM AEST | by Omnisport 34

All-rounder James Faulkner has been fined 10 percent of his match fee for a breach of the ICC's code of conduct in Australia's 39-run win over the West Indies on Wednesday.

The left-armer – who bowled superbly at Manuka Oval in Canberra, taking 4-48 off 8.3 overs – claimed the crucial wickets of Darren Bravo and Chris Gayle for the Aussies.

But after bowling Gayle for two, Faulkner gave the star batsman a send-off that did not look good.

Both on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Simon Fry, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Paul Reiffel reported the incident and Faulkner was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the code of conduct for players and player support personnel.

Faulkner's charge related to 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match'.

The Tasmanian pleaded guilty to the charge after the match and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee, Ranjan Madugalle, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.

"There is no place for this type of behaviour anywhere near the game," Madugalle said afterwards.

"The players are expected to respect the opponents all the time. In this particular incident, James crossed the line and I'm sure he will learn from this incident."

Faulkner will be free to play in Friday's fourth one-day international against the West Indies in Sydney on Friday.

Australia lead the five-match series 3-0.

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First Posted 07 February, 2013 8:17AM AEST

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