London: World Cup winner James Faulkner said he was "deeply embarrassed and sorry" after being fined 10,000 pounds yesterday 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."
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.
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