Perth, Jan 16 (UNI) Despite failing to complete the allotted 90 overs on the opening day of the third Test, Australia did a good job with their over rate, Pace bowler Brett Lee said today.
''When you've got four quicks steaming in, bowling off 30 odd metres each, on a hot day its always going to be tough to bowl 90 overs in a day,'' Lee said.
''But in saying that we have to try to do that,'' he added.
''Today there was a lot of stoppages too, so all in all I thought we did a pretty good job.'' To be to the Aussies, it were not the only ones responsible.
Sourav Ganguly, who took ages before coming in to bat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had to change his thigh pad, pitching in with their contributions. Then, as the hosts tried to up the ante in the final session, they were thwarted by Rahul Dravid who asked them to slow down.
If Australia continue with their sluggish over rate, their skipper Ricky Ponting would have to face the largest penalty.
According to ICC rules, if a team is five overs behind the required rate over the course of a match, then a captain is in line for a charge under the ICC code of conduct and possible suspension.
While lost overs less than five cost skippers ten per cent of a match fee, and the players five per cent.
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