Kevin Pietersen caught out in Lamborghini dash

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

Cricketer 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 a tour fixture against Victoria in Melbourne which starts

today.

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 Wles Cricket Board spokesman said: "He

(Pietersen) did pick up a speeding fine."

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

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

Then, 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.

A police spokesman said: Geelong highway police detected by laser a yellow Lamborghini travelling north along the Geelong Ring Road at 121kph in a 100 zone about 2:35pm on Thursday.

"The male driver was in his 30s and was issued with a penalty and three demerit points. There were no passengers in the vehicle."

England are 1-0 up in the five-Test series as they head to Perth for the third encounter, which begins next Thursday.

In August, British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was fined 500 Australian dollars for performing boy racer stunts in front of fans ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The 2008 world champion was caught by police in March

executing a "burnout" and "fishtail".

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