England's Roy escapes final ban after dissent fine

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England's Jason Roy speaks with umpire Handunnettige Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal against Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain, on Thursday. — Reuters

BIRMINGHAM, England — England batsman Jason Roy has avoided a potential ban for the World Cup final after protesting about his dismissal during Thursday's victory over Australia.

Roy, who had struck a magnificent 85 in 65 balls, was given out caught behind off Pat Cummins, although television replays showed the ball had not touched his bat or glove as he attempted a pull shot.

The England opener stood his ground and remonstrated with South African umpire Marais Erasmus. England had used their review appeals by that stage of the semifinal.

With Roy having gained one demerit point already in the tournament, he risked a one-match ban, for Sunday's final, if he was handed three points and reached the four-point limit.

But in a statement, the International Cricket Council said he had been given only two points and a fine of 30 percent of his match fee.

"Roy admitted the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing," the ICC said.

Roy has formed a formidable opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow, the pair sharing century stands in the last four matches they have started together. — Reuters


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