London: England offspinner Graeme Swann has been penalised for 'showing serious dissent' during his comeback game for Nottinghamshire against Durham in the County Championship this week.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday that Swann had been found guilty of a "level two" disciplinary breach but had escaped a ban. Swann stayed in his crease for several seconds and lifted his hands above his head after being last man out, lbw, in Nottinghamshire's second innings at Trent Bridge.
His exit helped leave visitors Durham with sufficient time to force a six-wicket win on the fourth and final day. Swann, returning from elbow surgery, was subsequently reported by the umpires, one of whom was former England batsman Peter Willey.
"During Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship match against Durham on 29 April-2 May 2013, Swann was reported by umpires Steve Garratt and Peter Willey for a level two breach of the code (showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action)," an ECB statement read.
"The penalty for this offence is three penalty points which will remain on his record for a period of two years. The accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two year period will result in an automatic suspension."
Swann, England's premier spinner and set to feature in the forthcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, the one-day Champions Trophy and the Ashes provided he maintains fitness took four for 56 in the second innings as Durham took 20.2 overs to chase down a victory target of 183.