Stuart Broad has been fined 30% of his match fee following day four of England's second Test against South Africa in Cape Town on 5 January. The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the fast bowler had breached level one of its code of conduct relating to showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match.
Confirming the charge, the ICC first tweeted through its media account: "Stuart Broad charged for breaching Level 1 Article 2.1.5 of the @ICC Code of Conduct. Details to follow #SAvENG."
A subsequent statement revealed the incident in question saw Broad apparently twice tell Aleem Dar to "just get on with the game" in the 195th over. This came after the umpires had sought to talk to captain Alastair Cook regarding his bowler kicking out at the Newlands turf during a frustrating day for England in the field that saw Temba Bavuma reach 102 not out as South Africa declared on 627-7.
The Nottinghamshire paceman initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but did not escape punishment as he was judged to have committed the offence at a formal hearing held after the day's play by Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees representative Ranjan Madugalle.
The release went on to confirm: "For all first offences, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee."
Broad's only public response on the issue came via social media when he had been mistakenly informed that the charge had been handed down for excessive appealing. While that offence was formerly covered by article 2.1.5, the ICC's code of conduct was altered in July 2015.
At the time of writing, England are currently 116-6 on day five after losing the wickets of Cook, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Nick Compton, James Taylor and Ben Stokes on a potentially costly period for the tourists. Earlier in the match, Stokes had made headlines with the second-fastest double century in Test history.