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Australia fined for slow over-rate again

The Australia team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its 149-run victory against New Zealand in the November 20-23 first cricket Test played at Brisbane.

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2008 10:32 IST

The Australia team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its 149-run victory against New Zealand in the November 20-23 first cricket Test played at Brisbane.

Match Referee Chris Broad imposed the fines after Ricky Ponting's side was ruled to be three overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration, according to an ICC statement in Melbourne.

In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties, players are fined five 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.

As such, Ponting was fined 30 per cent of his match fee while his players have each received 15 per cent fines.

Australia were also penalised for slow-over rate during their fourth and final Test against India in Nagpur earlier this month.

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.