Australia may have claimed the World Test Championship baton but are a little worse in the hip pocket after being penalized 80 per cent of the match for slow over-rates.
India fared much worse than adding salt to the wounds of their 209-run defeat as the players were fined 100 per cent of their match fines.
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But that’s nothing compared to India’s opener Shubman Gill, who was handed an additional 15 percent match fine for a controversial post on social media during the game.
According to Cricket.com.au, Gill “will face the potentially unprecedented situation of having to pay 15 per cent of his match value back to the ICC”.
However, with Australia claiming $800,000 for finishing second in this cycle of the Test World Cup and Australia taking home $1.6 million for winning, it is unlikely to hurt players too much.
Gill took to social media to take offense to Cameron Greene’s second-inning shot at the Indians’ skip.
Replays showed Green’s fingers were under the ball, but Gill posted an inaccurate photo of the catch on Twitter shortly after, complete with two magnifying glasses and a face emoji.
Australian legend Ricky Ponting was sure there would be some problems for Gill.
“Something will definitely come out of this. Some kind of fine, maybe even suspension,” he said.
“It’s a direct criticism of the referee for the decision they made. You can’t do that.
“That’s what the whole world was going to do for him… he didn’t have to say a word.”
The ICC said Gill’s reaction amounted to “public criticism or inappropriate comment on what happened in an international match”.
One demerit point was added to Gill’s disciplinary record.
Watching the replays and seeing the ball hit the ground, the Indian fans chanted “cheating” when Green started bowling.
India and Australia’s penalties came after slow overs throughout the match.
In a sign that the teams did not care about being fined for failing to complete 90 overs for the day, the rain-interrupted match saw 85 overs on the first day, 74.3 overs and 75.4 overs on the second day. on the third day and on the fourth day 84.3 more.
The total not bowled in the first four days of this match is 40.2 overs or 242 overs or the equivalent of the entire T20 match plus two overs.
While medical breaks and DRS reviews contributed to slow over-rates, this was excessive for the match as teams faced penalties for slower over-rates than during the World Test Championship, where points were awarded for being slow.
The ICC said: “India remained five overs short of the target after time concessions, while Australia were found to be four overs.”
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins “pleaded guilty and accepted the proposed sanctions, so formal hearings were not required”.
“It’s disappointing when you don’t get as many points as you want,” Cummins told reporters in his post-match press conference.
“Honestly, the current rules don’t have many levers to encourage anyone to bowl fast, so maybe it needs to be revised.
“There’s been a lot of stoppages in the game over the last few days for finger dressings and things like that.
“Luckily it didn’t affect the result, but you play 90 overs all day.”
With questions about how to tackle the issue of slow exorbitant rates, former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted a radical solution.
“Fines don’t work .. So at the end of the day the runs given to the batting team may be the only way to play .. 20 runs ..” he declared.
Cricket reporter Melinda Farrell wrote: “I don’t see the match improving unless there are penalties. Fines don’t do that. The irony of teams missing out on the finals due to slow pace, like Aus last time, only for this to happen…”
AAP’s Scott Bailey wrote: “The number of stoppages in this game is an embarrassment to Test cricket.”
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