As if England’s plight wasn’t troublesome sufficient, staring down a 456-run deficit heading into the third day in Adelaide
, the ICC piled on extra distress by docking them a further three points for slow over charges in the primary Ashes Test in Brisbane
“Last Saturday, it was introduced that England can be docked 5 WTC
points, one for every over they had been discovered to initially have fallen brief by,” the ICC mentioned in a assertion. “However, it has since emerged they were eight overs short, and will therefore lose three additional points.
“The points deduction for penalty overs will not be capped and should replicate the precise variety of penalty overs a crew is in need of the minimal requirement as per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, therefore they’ve been penalised one level for every over they had been brief.”
The announcement leaves England in seventh place on the WTC table
, with six points from five Tests in the current competition cycle, and came after England had lost early wickets to be 17 for 2 in response to Australia’s first-innings 473 for 9 declared when an electrical storm curtailed the final session on day two of the second Test at Adelaide Oval.
England managed to bowl 89 of the scheduled 90 overs on the first day in Adelaide, albeit relying on five overs of Joe Root’s part-time off-spin to catch up.
While over rates could well remain a concern for England’s five-man seam attack, Graham Thorpe, their assistant coach, played down the problem
after the primary day’s play, saying: “I feel there’s larger issues happening in the world than over charges.”
England, who lost the first Test by nine wickets and now face a mammoth task to salvage the second, were also penalised for a poor overrate in their home collection in opposition to India
in July and August, that means they’ve now conceded a complete of 10 points for slow over rate offences.