Reece Topley receives official reprimand from ICC
England fast bowler Reece Topley has been officially reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for smashing the stumps at the bowler's end in the first Twenty20 International against South Africa.
The incident happened after the final ball of the game where the Proteas sneaked a couple of runs to seal a thrilling three-wicket victory.
Topley failed to collect a throw from Joe Root thereby missing a run out chance and out of frustration, he smashed the stumps with his hand which was a breach of the ICC code of conduct.
England had a chance to extend the game into the super over but Topley missing the run out chance ensured that South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
The charges against Topley were leveled by the on-field umpires Johan Cloete and Shaun George, the third umpire Adrian Holdstock and the fourth official Dennis Smith.
Topley accepted the charges and the reprimand given by the ICC match referee Andy Pycroft, nullifying the need for a formal hearing.
The second and final T20I between South Africa and England will be played on 21st February at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg
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