Topley reprimanded for smashing stumps


Reece Topley has been reprimanded by the ICC after reacting angrily to England's dramatic defeat against South Africa in Friday's Twenty20 international at Newlands.

The left-arm paceman conceded 15 runs in the final over of the match, as South Africa sneaked home by three wickets, and fluffed an opportunity to effect a run-out from the last ball when he could have forced a Super Over.

After failing to cleanly collect Joe Root's throw from long-on, with Kyle Abbott short of making his ground at the non-striker's end, Topley smashed the stumps in frustration.

An ICC statement on Saturday confirmed Topley had "received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct ... which relates to 'abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match'."

The maximum penalty for a Level 1 breach would see a player lose 50 per cent of their match fee.

Topley will hope to be given the chance to atone for his final-over misery in Cape Town when the second T20 between South Africa and England takes place in Johannesburg on Sunday.