Australia have been fined 40% of their match fee and penalised four ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the second Test that ended in Melbourne on Tuesday.
David Boon of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Tim Paine’s side was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnelwhich relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalised two points for each over short. Consequently, four World Test Championship points have been deducted from Australia’s points total.
Paine pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood levelled the charge.
India beat Australia by eight wickets to win the Test and level the series at 1-1. The third Test begins on January 7 with Melbourne likely to be the venue again after Cricket Australia are reportedly considering shifting it from Sydney where there has been a Covid-19 outbreak.