• Roy, Archer fined for obscenity, dissent

    England teammates Jason Roy and Jofra Archer have each been fined 15% of their match fees for England’s World Cup match against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

    Roy uttered an ‘audible obscenity’ in the 14th over of Pakistan’s innings, while Archer was deemed to have shown ‘obvious dissent’ after delivering a wide in the 27th.

    Pakistan captain Sarafraz Ahmed, meanwhile, was handed a 20% match fee fine due to a slow over rate. His teammates were each fined 10% for the breach.

    ‘Pakistan was ruled to be one over short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration,’ read a statement from the International Cricket Council.

    Pakistan won by 14 runs despite centuries from England’s Joe Root and Jos Buttler. England’s next match will be against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday.

    ‘With the ball we restricted them, bearing in mind the wicket was good and the outfield fast. And we recovered with the bat with that substantial partnership between Buttler and Root. Those guys played brilliantly, but they did just keep us in the game. They needed more help, either from the other four in the top six, or the guys down the order,’ lamented captain Eoin Morgan.

    ‘Fielding is an attitude thing. So it’s a matter of taking our stand-off attitude in the field today and getting back to our positive attitude where we go for everything. We need to create that fearless nature where we maybe take a half chance, rather than standing off a normal chance.’

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