Bangalore: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned England pacer Tim Bresnan for breaching the code of conduct for hitting the stumps with his bat after he was dismissed in the World Cup match against India on Sunday.

"England's Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's tied match against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011," the ICC said in a statement.

The pacer pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".

The incident took place when Brensen was clean bowled on the last ball of the 48th over by Piyush Chawla.

"While giving my verdict, I took into account that Bresnan admitted his mistake, apologised for his action and that it was his first offence," Match Referee Roshan Mahanama said in a statement.

"Further, it was encouraging to note that Bresnan on his own initiative met the umpires concerned and reiterated that his action was unintentional,” he said.

All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of the imposition of a fine up to 50 per cent of a player's match fee.

The charge was brought by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth umpire Aleem Dar.

ICC fines England for slow over-rate

Due to slow over-rate during the tied World Cup match against India, England captain Andrew Strauss was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his teammates lost 10 per cent of their earnings.

“The fines were imposed by (match referee Roshan) Mahanama after Andrew Strauss's side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration," the ICC said in a statement.

According to the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.

The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the code  which relates to minor over-rate offences. The penalty was accepted by England without contest so there was no need for a hearing.

Chasing a target of 339, England managed to tie the match riding on Strauss' 158-run knock that almost guided them to victory.

(Agencies)