AUS v IND: Tim Paine's Australia fined for slow over-rate

Australia has been fined 40 per cent of its match fee and penalised four ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against India.

Steve Smith, Tim Paine and Matthew Wade during the ongoing Boxing Day Test featuring Australia and India in Melbourne.   -  Getty Images

Australia has been 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.

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.

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"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. 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," the ICC said in a statement.

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 leveled the charge.

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