Ashes 2021-2022, 1st Test: England penalized for maintaining slow-over rate against Australia


Ashes 2021-2022, 1st Test: England panelized for maintaining slow-over rate against Australia

England has been penalized 100% of their match fee & five ICC WTC Points for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the first test in Brisbane. David Boon of the ICC Elite Panel of Match referees imposed the sanction after Joe Root’s team was ruled to be five 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 & Player Support Personnel which is related to minimum over-rate offenses, players are fined 20% of their match fee for every over their team failed to bowl in the allotted time period. In addition as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC WTC playing conditions, a team is penalized one point for each over short of the target. Thus five WTC points have been deducted from England’s Total points.

Meanwhile, Australia’s batter Travis Head has been fined 15% of his match fee for breaching the Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Travis Head was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players & player support Personnel, which deals with the “use of an audible obscenity during an International match”.

In addition to this one demerit point has been added to Travis’s record for whom it was the first offense in a period of 24 months. This incident occurred in the 77th over of Australia’s first innings on Thursday when Head used inappropriate language after he was beaten on delivery from Ben Stokes. Head admitted the offense & the proposed sanction by the Match Referee that is ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing.

Onfield umpires Paul Reiffel & Rod Tucker third umpire Paul Wilson & fourth Official Sam Nogajski leveled teh charges on Travis Head. Level 1 Breach of ICC Code of Conduct carries a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee & one or two demerit points.

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