England Cricket Team endured more pain and suffering on Friday as the ICC has confirmed that they have been docked a further 3 points in the World Test Championship (WTC) Points Table because of slow over-rate.
In the previous week, it was announced that England was penalised 5 points for being 5 overs short of their target in the first Test at the Gabba. However, the ICC has now come out in a media release stating that they were actually 8 overs short.
This means they have now lost 8 points in total. England can be further embarrassed before the Ashes ends as any further points deduction could mean they enter the negatives if it’s actually possible. They are currently in a terrible spot in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval and things could easily worsen.
ICC’s statement on England’s penalty
The Englishmen lost the first Ashes Test in a humiliating fashion. Their misery was compounded after ICC mentioned the slow overrate. Joe Root and co. just cannot catch a break at this point but will have to overturn their miserable fortunes around very quickly if they are to qualify for the WTC final from here.
“England were eight overs short (not five overs short as previously announced) but were only fined 100 percent of their match fee due to the limit. However, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must reflect the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum requirement as per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, hence they have been penalised one point for each over they were short,” ICC statement read.
Updated World Test Championship Points Table:
England also lost 2 points in the home Test series against India back in August, meaning they have now lost a whopping 10 points to slow overrate. India is the only other team to be penalised for slow over-rate.