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Angry Swann penalised for serious dissent

ESPNcricinfo staff
May 3, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Graeme Swann was frustrated on the final day against Durham © Getty Images
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Graeme Swann has been given a three-point penalty by the ECB for showing serious dissent after he was given out on the final day of the County Championship match against Durham at Trent Bridge.

Swann, who was making his return from injury following elbow surgery, was adjudged lbw to Scott Borthwick for 57, ending a final-wicket stand of 75 with Ajmal Shahzad which had taken Nottinghamshire to the brink of safety. His dismissal left Durham needing to chase 183 in 23 overs which they knocked off with ease although Swann took 4 for 56.

Swann was reported by umpires Steve Garratt and Peter Willey for a level two breach of the ECB code - showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action - and was called to see them after the match finished.

The penalty will remain on Swann's record for two years and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension.

He was named in England's Champions Trophy squad on Friday and is expected to be part of the Test series against New Zealand which begins later this month.

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