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England fined for Lord's over-rate

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June 17, 2014

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England have been fined for their slow over-rate during the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka, although were ruled to be just one over behind despite 17 being lost during the match while the visitors have not be sanctioned at all.

Each member of the England team will lose 10% of their match fee while Alastair Cook will be docked double. If England are ruled to be behind their over-rate again within the next 12 months, Cook faces a ban for one Test.

On Saturday, when England were in the field throughout the day, there were six overs unbowled by 6.30 - the cut-off once the extra half an hour is played. Six overs were also lost on the second day when both teams had been in the field, along with four on the fourth and one on the opening day.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the Test had been drawn with Sri Lanka nine down, Cook admitted it was "not ideal" but pointed to the challenges of having a four-pronged pace attack.

Peter Moores, the England coach, said the team had recognised the issue. "We have already started to address that ... we have already quickened up, so that's an area that quite rightly we pay attention to. We will take that into the Headingley Test. We don't want to lose overs at all, because it can be costly.''

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Posted by Frill on (June 18, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

About time England got punished for their slow over rate.

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (June 18, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

I do not understand why Sri Lanka did not get any fine. Does not make sense.

Posted by 2929paul on (June 18, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

It doesn't help when people keep running on and off the field with drinks, gloves and other bits and bobs. On one occasion I noticed a drink came out to a batsman and an over later there was an official drinks break.The umpires need to take more responsibility and stop these unofficial breaks.

Posted by CliffM on (June 18, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Both teams were woefully short of the required rate and yet one team gets fined the absolute minimum (one over short) and the other nothing at all. It is about time the ICC published what time allowances are given in every game so that we can see their rationale for the calculation. We will then be able to have an informed debate about whether the way it is being done is appropriate.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (June 18, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

This has been a long time coming.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 1:21 GMT)

I can accept England being fined for a slow over rate but with Sri Lanka's 11 overs per hour and playing equal part to the slow over rate its inexcusable that they got away with it

Posted by Strongscotch on (June 18, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

I thought Captain gets banned for a match..is it after the second warning?

Posted by AndrewBT on (June 17, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

Last year in which the worldwide over rate in Tests reached the 'minimum' of 15 per hour was 1979. All teams will continue to bowl well below this under major sanctions are introduced. The fact that England are said to have been only one over behind in current Test is a joke! (I'm an England fan.)

Posted by Narkovian on (June 17, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Over rates in general are just terrible. They just dawdle about. We pay to watch cricket not see continuous nattering and pontification. Can't remember which side it was but at one stage 11.3 were bowled in an hour. How on earth did players from 50 years ago mange 20+ per hour ? Answer they didn't talk so much. Ban the captain asap for one match. 13 seems to be the norm nowadays... how long before the norm is 10. Oh yes I forgot.. the poor old bowlers are tired out. So Trueman, Statham, Tyson never were ?!!! Come on get on with it. Ho yes.. and while yr at it, ICC, stop this ridiculous substitute for no reason. Injury/illness only is the law.

Posted by steve48 on (June 17, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

We just saw a great test, which perhaps England would have won by bowling the extra overs required, giving us a better go with the second new ball. However, this over rate stuff dominates! We were certainly not slowing the game down on purpose, and batting sides contribute to slow over rates more than anyone seems to realise. My real point is that I doubt any spectators felt short changed, and we were not time wasting, so can commonsense not prevail? No problem with the fines, but should not count as a warning to a ban, given the match circumstances.

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