International Cricket Council fine Ben Stokes for James Faulkner send-off

ICC fine Stokes for Faulkner send-off
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is fined by the ICC for his on-field altercation with James Faulkner during his side's 57-run win over Australia in the fourth ODI.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been fined by the International Cricket Council for misbehaving during his side's 57-run win over Australia in the fourth one-day international.

The 22-year-old must forfeit 15% of his match fee from the Perth ODI for breaching the ICC's code of conduct.

Stokes was charged with "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting" for his reaction to claiming the wicket of James Faulkner.

"Mr Stokes's 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. This is a cornerstone of how we play the game," said match referee Andy Pycroft.

Stokes had argued that his reaction to getting Faulkner out was 'nothing worse than what he had been getting from Australia's bowlers all series'.

James Faulkner and Clint McKay of Australia celebrate victory after the second game of the One Day International Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on January 17, 2014
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