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    Warne's smart act invites $5000 fine

    CA fined Warne after he handed Melbourne Stars\' captaincy to James Faulkner to avoid suspension for slow over rate.

    Melbourne: Veteran leg-spinner Shane Warne has been fined $5,000 for acting "against the spirit of cricket" during the semi-finals of Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 League.

    Warne captained the Melbourne Stars throughout the league but passed the captaincy to team-mate James Faulkner in a semi-final against the Perth Scorchers to avoid a possible suspension for Melbourne's slow over rate.

    Cricket Australia deemed the captaincy switch to be a code of conduct violation after previously warning teams "if a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain...this may attract a code of behaviour charge."

    Warne had previously been warned over Melbourne's slow over rate and faced a one-match suspension for a second offence.