Broad slapped with fine for 'serious dissent'

England's Stuart Broad bowls to Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene during the second one-day international at Headingley in Leeds, on Friday. (AP)

England’s Stuart Broad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for showing “serious dissent” at an umpire’s decision during the second one-day international against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.

The paceman, England’s Twenty20 captain, made “some unacceptable and offensive remarks” to umpire Billy Bowden as he left the field at the end of the Sri Lankan innings, the statement said.

A Broad appeal for an lbw was turned down in the last over of the innings and the remarks were made regarding the decision.

“Accepting an umpire’s decision is an essential feature of cricket and part of the game’s unique spirit,” match referee Alan Hurst was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Stuart’s behaviour was not acceptable in any form of cricket, and as a well-established member of his country’s national side and current captain of the Twenty20 International team, he must take responsibility for what he says and does.”

There was no need for a formal hearing as the fast bowler admitted his offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by the match referee, the ICC said.

Sri Lanka defeated England by 69 runs at Headingley on Friday to level the five-match ODI series 1-1.

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