Liam Plunkett was accused of ball-tampering.
England bowler Liam Plunkett has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of ball-tampering during his side's second ODI of the five-match series at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.
The alleged tampering could have been done in a bid to get reverse swing in the death overs. An official of the ICC said that officials were comfortable that there were no attempts to change the condition of the ball and no evidence was noticed during over by over examination of the ball as well.
'The match officials are comfortable that there was no attempt to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over-by-over examinations of the ball throughout the game, ' said an ICC spokesperson.
Plunkett bowled the penultimate over conceding 8 runs and picked up the wicket of Faheem Ashraf.
Perhaps perplexed with the turn of events, Plunkett himself reported the footage to match referee Richie Richardson, having become aware of it on Sunday.
England will play its first match of grand Cricket Cup Campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval Stadium, London and before commencing their World Cup tournament English squad will take on Aussies on May 25 at Southampton ground in a warm-up game. Opening batsman Alex Hales has been discarded from the provisional squad after recreational drug use which also resulted in 21-day ban earlier.
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