England vs India 1st Test: England and India Men’s team have been docked two points each from the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 standings for maintaining slow over-rates during the first Test of their ongoing five-match Test series in Nottingham.
Consequently, instead of gaining four points each from the Test match at Trent Bridge that ended in a draw, they will receive only two points each. According to the new points system for the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle, both teams playing the match gain four points each for every game ending in a draw.
Additionally, both England and India have also been charged with a fine of 40% of their match fee for the same, imposed by match referee Chris Broad.
The point deduction could the teams heavily in the second cycle of the World Test Championship, as it was the very reason why Australia lost its spot in the final of the inaugural cycle of the WTC. It made way for the New Zealand team to enter into the final against India. Australia got docked four points for their slow over-rate during the 2020 Boxing Day Test cricket against India in Melbourne earlier this year. Taking the lessons, the teams need to be extra cautious during Test cricket.
The opening game of the Pataudi Trophy was marred by rain, which did not allow even a single delivery to be bowled on the final day of the match, eventually ending the game in a draw. Rain interrupted the game repeatedly at some intervals.
By the end of the fourth day, India seemed to be in a comfortable position chasing a total of 209, with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on the crease. India needed a further 157 runs to win the game with nine wickets in hand on a quick-scoring ground.
Both the teams now gear up for the second England vs India Test set to take up on Thursday, August 12 at the Lord’s.
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