England to escape fine despite delaying tactics in first Test

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Cardiff (Wales), July 14 (ANI): International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Jeff Crowe said last night that England and captain Andrew Strauss were not reported by umpires Aleem Dar or Billy Doctrove for alleged time wasting tactics, and therefore, no action would be taken in the matter.

"I can only act if a breach is reported to me by the umpires or management from one of the teams, and I've had nothing at this stage," The Age quoted Crowe, as saying.

"Those things are controlled by the umpires on the field, and I have left it up to them as to whether or not there are any issues with that," he added.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting had accused England of not playing within the spirit of cricket as the match headed towards a dramatic draw.

Clause C1 of the ICC's code of conduct is a cover-all clause which lists several offences including time wasting and cheating during play. There are no set penalties and the match referee decides the level of offence depending on its seriousness.

Last men Panesar (7 not out) and Anderson (21 not out) played out 69 deliveries as England finished at 9-252, and the Ashes series will head to Lord's this week locked at 0-0. (ANI)

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