James Faulkner fined for drink-drive collision

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015, 18:15 PM IST
James Faulkner fined for drink-drive collision

World Cup winner James Faulkner said he was "deeply embarrassed and sorry" after being fined £10,000 ($15,650, 14,350 euros) on Tuesday and banned from driving for two years.

The 25-year-old all-rounder, who was named man of the match in this year`s World Cup final, was nearly three times over the limit when his car was involved in a minor collision with the back of another vehicle in Manchester, northwest England.

Faulkner, who plays with English county Lancashire in the city, had been at a restaurant and did not want to walk a mile home in heavy rain, Manchester Magistrates` Court heard.

Sentencing him, District Judge Mark Hadfield said: "I am sure you accept it was foolhardy in the extreme to get behind the wheel of your vehicle having been out for a meal with your friend."

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles was present in court.

Cricket Australia last month temporarily banned Faulkner for "conduct that is unbecoming of a representative", meaning he will miss Australia`s limited overs matches against England and Ireland in August and September.

He will have to undergo an alcohol management counselling programme.

Outside court, a statement was read to reporters on Faulkner`s behalf.

"My decision to drive that day was wholly my own and clearly it was an error in my judgement," the cricketer said.

"I apologise unreservedly for my behaviour but I accept this does not and should not excuse my actions.

"I am deeply embarrassed and sorry.

"I will ensure this remains an isolated bad decision on my part."