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England captain suspended, Bairstow reprimanded

Hosts will be without their captain in fourth ODI against Pakistan

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England captain Eoin Morgan has been suspended for one one-day international (ODI) and fined 40 per cent of his match fees, while his players have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday.

The hosts were penalised because the match officials deemed them two overs short after the time allowances had been taken into account.

Article 2.22.1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, states that players should be fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

The England captain was involved in another minor over-rate offence in an ODI match against West Indies in Barbados on February 22. This is his second offence within a 12-month period.

The left-handed batsman will not take part in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Nottingham on Friday due to his suspension.

Meanwhile, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct also during the third ODI against Pakistan in Bristol.

The right-handed batsman was found to have breached Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match.”

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Bairstow, for whom it was his first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.

The incident occurred in the 29th over of England’s innings, when Bairstow struck the stumps with his bat after being dismissed.

Bairstow admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, and third umpire Chris Gaffaney laid the charges.