West Indies v Australia, 4th ODI, St Kitts July 5, 2008

Clarke cops fine in first ODI in charge

Cricinfo staff


Michael Clarke lost ten per cent of his match fee for being an over too slow © AFP
 
Michael Clarke may have escaped with his unbeaten captaincy record intact following Australia's last-gasp victory in the fourth ODI on Friday while he was deputising for the injured Ricky Ponting, but he couldn't avoid a fine for a slow over-rate.

He lost ten per cent of his match fee in his first ODI as captain, the third time he has skippered Australia having led them in two Twenty20s. His team-mates were each docked five per cent after Australia were ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

The offence is contrary to Section J of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to slow over-rates. For such offences, the decision of the ICC match referee is final and binding.

Australia won the match by one run to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series. The final game between the two sides is also in St Kitts, on Sunday.