India vs Australia: Hosts fined 40% of match fee, docked four World Test Championship points for slow over-rate

Melbourne: The Australian cricket team was fined 40 per cent of its match fee and penalised four ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the second Test, which concluded on Tuesday.

ICC match referee David Boon 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 during the second Test, which the hosts lost by eight wickets.

Australian players leave the field after losing the second cricket test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. India defeated Australia by eight wickets to level the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Australia lost the second Test to India and then were fined and docked points for slow over rate. AP

"In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which 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," the ICC said in a statement.

"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."

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood.

Australia (0.766) are currently at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table followed by India (0.722) and New Zealand (0.625) on percentage points won, which will decide the final placings rather than total points won.

The eight-wicket win helped India to level the four-match series 1-1 following the eight-wicket loss in the opening Test at Adelaide, where the visitors were dismissed for their lowest-ever total of 36.

The third Test is scheduled to start on 7 January in Sydney but the venue remains in doubt following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the northern beaches of the city.

Cricket Australia will take a decision soon on the venue with Melbourne being handpicked as a backup.

Updated Date: December 29, 2020 16:28:22 IST

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