The Three Lions spinner has been rapped for serious dissent in a match for Nottinghamshire.
On his return to professional cricket after injury, England spin bowler Graeme Swann has been penalised for showing serious dissent during a County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Durham.
The Notts player was given out lbw during the home side’s innings and Swann’s response was to stand with his hands above his head, before eventually walking off.
After being reported by the umpires, it was found that the spinner had committed a level two breach – an offence confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Swann has escaped a ban for his misdemeanour.
“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 34-year-old was making his return to cricket after being ruled out for several months due to elbow surgery.
Swann was a key figure during England’s triumphant 2-1 Test series win in India over the winter, with the Notts man and fellow spinner Monty Panesar working in tandem to bamboozle the Indian batsmen.
Yet the former Northants bowler missed the Three Lions’ tour of New Zealand in February and March as he travelled to the USA to have an operation on his troublesome elbow.
The surgery was a success and Swann is expected to make his international comeback against the Black Caps later in the month and has also been included in England’s 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June.