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Speeding Ashes star Pietersen fined

Ashes star Kevin Pietersen has been fined for speeding after taking a loaned Lamborghini for a drive on a day off from England training.

Pietersen, man of the match for his career-best 227 in his team's second-Test win at Adelaide, is set to be rested for Friday's tour fixture against Victoria in Melbourne.

So he did not train with his team-mates and instead took a drive along the Great Ocean Road.

The 30-year-old was fined 239 Australian dollars (£150) for driving at more than 120kmh (75mph) in a 100kmh (62mph) zone.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said: "He (Pietersen) did pick up a speeding fine."

Pietersen's former Hampshire team-mate Shane Warne, a publicity ambassador for Lamborghini, arranged for the England batsman to drive one of the Italian supercars for a day.

On Thursday, Pietersen told followers on Twitter that he was looking forward to the experience.

Before he was stopped, he tweeted enthusiastically: "Stunning beaches on The Great Ocean Rd. Gorgeous drive."

No disciplinary action will be taken against Pietersen by England.

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