May 032013

England’s Graeme Swann has been disciplined by the England and Wales Cricket Board for dissent during a county game for Nottinghamshire.

The off-spinner had earlier recorded 57 runs with the bat, his highest Championship score in five years, to set Durham a target of 183 but they cruised to a six-wicket victory.

Swann battled valiantly to keep his side in their Division One match and despite taking 4-56, all four of Durham’s second innings wickets, he could only watch as Notts were sent to their second defeat of the season.

And Swann’s day went from bad to worse as he was reprimanded by the ECB for his behaviour during the match and, although he will not receive a suspension, the misdemeanour will be kept on his file and could lead to a ban at a later date.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board today confirmed that Graeme Swann has received a penalty under the ECB’s discipline code,” An ECB statement read.

During Nottinghamshire’s County Championship match against Durham on 29 April-2 May 2013, Swann was reported by umpires Steve Garratt and Peter Willey for a level two breach of the code (showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action).

“The penalty for this offence is three penalty points which will remain on his record for a period of two years. The accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.”

First Posted 04 May, 2013 2:03PM AEDT

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