Jayawardene cops fine

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for abusing ground equipment during Sri Lanka's third Test against England at Trent Bridge.

Jayawardene knocked a stump out of the ground with his bat after he was dismissed during the second innings, and the three umpires had no hesitation bringing the issue before referee Alan Hurst.

Hurst found Jayawardene breached level 1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct and docked him 20 per cent of his match fee, believing that as captain, he should be setting a better example.

"In reaching my decision Mahela Jayawardene’s previous very good record was taken into consideration but, as captain, he must set an example not only for his own players, but for fans of all ages that follow the game," Mr Hurst said.

"The player immediately regretted his actions and apologized to the umpires before he left the ground."

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