The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday slapped a fine on the Australian team for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first T20I against India at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on November 21.
Jeff Crowe of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine after Aaron Finch’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
“In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” said the ICC in a statement.
Finch has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 10 per cent fines. If Australia commit another minor over-rate breach in a T20I within 12 months of this offence with Finch as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Finch and he will face a suspension.
“Finch pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the statement added.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Simon Fry and Paul Wilson, third umpire Gerard Abood and the fourth umpire Shawn Craig. If there is a second minor over-rate offence committed by Australia in a T20I within 12 months with Finch as skipper, he will be suspended.
Meanwhile, Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has replaced right-arm bowler Billy Stanlake ahead of the last T20I against India in the ongoing three-match series. Stanlake has been ruled out of the final match due to an ankle injury which he had sustained during a warm-up session. The pacer also had to miss the second T20I because of the injury.
Australia won the opening T201 by four runs on Wednesday while the second T20I at MCG on Friday was called off due to persistent rain.