Australian Captain Tim Paine pleaded guilty to the slow overload.© AFP
Australia has been fined 40 percent of their match money and penalized four ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow overestimation against India in the second Test that ended at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. ICC Elite Panel match referee David Boon imposed the penalty after Tim Paine’s squad was two overs short to goal after allowing time, according to an ICC release. In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which covers offenses with a minimum over-rate, players will be fined 20 percent of their match money for each over their side who fails to bow within the allotted time.
In addition, according to Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship Playing Conditions, a side will be penalized two points for each over-short. As a result, four World Test Championship points have been deducted from Australia’s point total.
Paine pleaded guilty to the violation and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. The field referees Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood tied the charge.
Australia lost the game and saw India fall back in the series which is now 1-1 with two test games to go. The Ajinkya Rahane-led team showed great determination to come back from a humbling defeat in the first test at the Adelaide Oval to record an elaborate eight-wicket victory in the second game on Tuesday.
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