After a devastating outcome at Melbourne, the Boxing Day Test match brings bad news for Australia cricket team. They have to lose four points in the ICC World Test Championship for a slow-over rate against India.
During the second Test match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 against the Indian cricket team at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia maintained a slow over-rate by the Elite Panel of Match Referees. David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Australia found to be two over short of the target post the time allowance consideration. The home team has been fined 40% of the match fee and lost four points from the ICC World Test Championship.
According to the ICC regulations mentioned in “Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. 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. Consequently, four World Test Championship points have been deducted from Australia’s points total.”
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The International Cricket Council in an official media release added, “Paine pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood leveled the charge.”
Earlier this year, South Africa became the first team to lose points in the ICC World Test Championship for a similar offense. Currently, Tim Paine’s side has 322 points on the table. Australia are followed by India in the 2nd with 390 points. New Zealand and England are in 3rd and 4th place.