England allrounder Ben Stokes has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council following an altercation with Australia’s James Faulkner in Friday’s fourth one-day international in Perth.
Man of the match Stokes gave Faulkner a send off when he took his wicket in the 42nd over of the match, which England won by 57 runs.
Stokes fell foul of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.
Match referee Andy Pycroft said: “Mr Stokes’ reaction was a clear breach of the Code, as players are expected to respect their opponents at all times, no matter what the match situation is.”
The charge was brought by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and John Ward, third umpire Ranmore Martinesz and reserve umpire Simon Fry following the incident.
Stokes, who claimed four wickets and hit 70 runs as England’s barren run in Australia came to an end, admitted the offence on Friday evening before accepting the sanction proposed by Pycroft.