ICC fines Australia for slow over-rate

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Sydney, Feb 25 (UNI) The Australian team has been fined for a slow over-rate during its 18-run victory over India at Sydney in the 10th match of the ongoing CB series.

ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe found Ricky Ponting's side two overs short of it's target when time allowances were taken into consideration in yesterday's ODI.

Ponting, who was also declared man of the match for his match-winning knock of 124, was slapped a fine of 20 per cent of his match fee with each of his players receiving 10 per cent fines.

The Match referee later added that he had already warned the Australian team to keep up with the over-rate as the team was also found guilty for slow-over rate in the Perth Test against India last month.

''Prior to the (first tri-series) match in Melbourne, I had talks with the Australia team management in which I had again reminded them of their responsibilities regarding over-rates,'' Crowe said in a statement released today.

''I understand and accept that it was a close and high-scoring match.

''In such circumstances, getting through their overs in the early stages would assist them to have enough time available to work with the bowlers and set fielding placing when the match enters the last 10 overs or crucial stages.'' UNI XC RAR AB PM1021

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