The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday cleared the air on why England lost points during the first Ashes test at Brisbane. England have been penalized 8 WTC points for maintaining slow over rate.
Earlier on December 11, it was announced that England would lose five points, one for each over they would fall short of. However, it has been found out that they were eight overs short and would therefore lose three more points.
England were also fined 100% of the match fees.
With that being said, England have collected six points after the first five tests of the 2021-23 cycle of WTC. England are currently poised at 7th in the table with a win percentage of 10%.
“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,” said the ICC in a statement.
“As per 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 fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, up to a maximum fine of 100 per cent of the match fee,” it added.
Earlier this year in July-August in the home series against India, England were penalized for maintaining slow over rate. In total they have now lost 10 points due to slow over rate.
England are currently playing the 2nd Ashes test at Adelaide. Joe Root and co are trailing the five match Ashes series by 0-1.