India tour of Australia: The Australian team has been fined for slow over-rate during the Boxing Day Test against India and have also been penalised 4 World Test Championship points.

Tim Paine Australia fined 40% of match fee for slow over rate. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Australia have been penalised for slow-over rate against India
  • 4 ICC World Test Championship points were also deducted
  • The 4-match Test series is currently at level at 1-1 after 2 Tests

Tim Paine’s Australia have been slapped with a 40 per cent fine on their match fee and the team have also suffered a deduction of 4 World Test Championship points due to slow-over rate in the Boxing Day Test against India. This comes as a double blow for hosts Australia as they lost the 2nd Test, at the MCG, by 8 wickets on Day 3. Australia are currently on top of the ICC World Test Championship points table with India on 2nd.

Hosts Australia were penalised for being two overs short of the target after time allowances were measured and a decision was reached by the match referee David Boon.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC code of conduct which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20% of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said.

“In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalised two points for each over short.”

According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Australia captain Paine pleaded guilty to the aforementioned offence and hence there wasn’t any requirement for a formal hearing.

After India’s thumping win in the Boxing Day Test, the four-match series is level at 1-1. The Sydney Cricket Ground is scheduled to host the 3rd Test, starting January 7.

(Inputs from Reuters)



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