ENG vs NZ: Due to a slow over-rate in their second Test triumph over New Zealand, England has been deducted two points of the World Test Championship and fined 40% of their match money.
The fine was handed by match referee Richie Richardson after the home team was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into account.
According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, players are penalized 20% of their match fee and their side loses a Test Championship point for each over they fail to bowl in the allotted time.
England defeated NZ in the 2nd Test
England won a thrilling encounter by five wickets at Trent Bridge on Tuesday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, owing to superb hitting from Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.
The side has been suffering in the red-ball format and has now defeated New Zealand which is currently World Test Champions two times in a row. The change in the management has worked wonders for the English Team. Ben Stokes, who was appointed Captain just before the series after regular Captain Joe Root quit captaincy has been a tremendous leader for England till now.
Whereas Brendon McCullum was appointed head coach of the team and has also worked for England till now. There were many eyebrows raised when Brendon was appointed as head coach as he has been a white ball specialist as a player and as a coach. Brendon’s and Ben Stokes’ fearless approach has helped the Englishmen tremendously.
The third and final Test begins on June 23 at Headingley. English would look to finish the series on a high by clean sweeping the Kiwis. Whereas New Zealand would hope to come back and gain some valuable points in the WTC table.