The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken action against England and Australia for their slow over rates during the Ashes 2023 series. Both teams have been penalized by having World Test Championship points deducted and handed fines.
The Australian team, led by Pat Cummins, lost 10 points in the World Test Championship for their slow over rate during the series. On the other hand, the England team was penalized with a deduction of 19 points from the championship.
In addition to the points deduction, both teams were fined based on the number of overs they were short during the matches. Australia received a fine of 50 per cent of their match fee, which translates to five per cent for each over they were short, with a maximum penalty of 50 per cent. This fine was imposed on them for being 10 overs short in the series’ fourth game.
On the other hand, England will have to pay fines based on the number of overs they were short in each Test match. They were two overs short for the first Test at Edgbaston and will have to pay 10 per cent of their match fee.
They were nine overs short in the second Test at Lord’s and will be fined 45 per cent of their match fee. They were three overs short for the fourth Test at Old Trafford and will have to pay 15 per cent of their match fee. Finally, they were five overs short for the final Test at The Oval and will be fined 25 per cent of their match fee.
The slow over rates have been a persistent issue in cricket, and the ICC’s decision to impose fines and point deductions is aimed at encouraging teams to maintain a proper pace of play. The penalties remind teams about the importance of completing their overs on time and upholding the spirit of the game.
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As the World Test Championship progresses, teams must be mindful of their over rates to avoid further penalties that could impact their standings in the championship and overall performance in international cricket.