England was deducted significant points from their World Test Championship tally after a historic win over New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after England was ruled to be two overs short of the target.
England, whose points total increased to 42 after their unbelievable victory, is now ranked eighth in the World Test Overall standings with only 40 points. Their point percentage dropped from 25 to 23.80 as well.
Furthermore, under Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship eligibility rules, a side is penalized one point for each over that is not completed. As a result, England has had two World Test Championship points deducted from their total.
According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, England players were penalized 40% of their match fee for the slow over-rate rate. For each over their side fails to bowl in the given time, players are penalized 20% of their match fee.
England captain Ben Stokes plead guilty to the charges:
There’s no need for a due process hearing because England captain Ben Stokes pleaded guilty to the accusations brought against him by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Rod Tucker, and fourth umpire Martin Saggers, and accepted the suggested sentence.
The point deduction dampens what was an incredible victory for the hosts on the final day. When Ben Stokes’ side lost Joe Root and were 56/3 and eventually 93/4 on the final day, it looked like they were going to play for a draw when they were challenged with chasing down 298 in less than three sessions.
Ben Stoke and company chased down a target of 299 in 50 overs, with five wickets in hand, thanks to Bairstow’s 136 off 92 balls and Stokes’ 75 not out off 70.