ICC’s clarification on a whole of eight penalty points comes when the facet is staring down a mammoth job to salvage second Ashes Test in Adelaide
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 announced that England would be docked five WTC points, one for each over they were found to initially have fallen short by,” the ICC stated 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 isn’t capped and should mirror the precise variety of penalty overs a staff is wanting 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 issue after the first day’s play, saying: “I believe there’s larger issues happening in the world than over charges.”
England, who misplaced the primary Test by 9 wickets and now face a mammoth job to salvage the second, had been additionally penalised for a poor overrate in their residence sequence in opposition to India in July and August, which means they’ve now conceded a whole of 10 points for slow over rate offences.