The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined the Australian cricket team for maintaining a slow over-rate during their second Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) that concluded on Tuesday.
Australia has been charged 40 % of their match fee as a penalty. Furthermore, they have also lost four points in the World Test Championship (WTC) as part of the penalty. This comes as a second blow to the team after their 8-wicket loss to the visitors in the second Test.
Contrary to their 326 points before the match, Australia is now at 322 points in the WTC points table after getting penalized for their slow-over rate.
The sanction was imposed by David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees after the Test hosts were found to be two overs short of the target when time allowances were taken into consideration. The charges were levelled by the on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood.
The international cricket governing body held the charges in accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. the Article relates to minimum over-rate offences and states that the players will fines 20% of their match fee for each over their teams fails to bowl in the given time slot. Additionally, according to the Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, for every slow over, a team will be penalized two points.
The Australian skipper Tim Paine pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the sanction.