Ashes 2021-22: For sustaining a slow over-rate in the first Ashes Test against Australia, England has been penalised eight ICC World Test Championship points — three more than originally reported.
The ICC revealed last Saturday that England will be deducted five WTC points, one for each over in which they were first deemed to be short. However, it has now been revealed that they were eight overs short, resulting in a three-point loss.
They already have six points after five Tests in the present WTC cycle 2021-23, putting them in seventh place in the standings with a victory percentage of 10%.
England has also been fined 100% of their match fee for the breach. “England were eight overs short (not five overs short as previously announced) but were only fined 100 per cent of their match fee due to the limit,” the ICC said.
“However, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must reflect the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum requirement as per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, hence they have been penalised one point for each over they were short.”
England, who were penalised for slow over-rate in the home series against India in July-August after losing the first Ashes Test by nine wickets, have now been penalised a total of ten points for a slow over-rate.
Meanwhile, Australia has put England in deep trouble as they scored a mammoth 473-run total on the second day of the second Test of the Ashes 2021-22 before declaring their innings on the second day of the second Test at Adelaide Oval on Friday. Mitchell Starc accounted for the wicket of Rory Burns before Michael Nesser got a wicket off his second ball in Test Cricket. He had Haseen Hameed caught at mid-on. Umpires were forced to call stumps early after a massive flash of lighting took place. England is currently tottering at 17 for 2 at the end of the second day’s play.
Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne notched his 6th century in just the 20th Test. Also, he became the fifth-fastest batsman to score 2000 runs in Test Cricket. He, however, got out in the 98th over after scoring 103 off 305 balls. Steve Smith, however, kept scoring runs and took Australia’s innings further. Travis Head supported him but not for too long. He got bowled for 18 off 36 after playing over the top of a ball bowled from skipper Joe Root. Cameron Green soon followed him for 2 as he was bowled by Ben Stokes.
Australia eventually declared the innings at 473 for 9 in 150.4 overs. England to have bat their skin out if they want to give themselves any chance in the Test match.