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Australia and England docked Test Championship points for slow over rates

Australia and England have been penalised 10 and 19 World Test Championship points respectively for maintaining slow over rates during the Ashes.

Both teams also received fines with Australia deducted half of its match fee for 10 overs in the fourth Test at Manchester, while England received “10 per cent for the first Test, 45 per cent for the second, 15 per cent for the fourth and 25 per cent for the fifth”, according to the ICC.

Australia opener Usman Khawaja last month revealed he had approached the ICC about reducing penalties for slow over rates in Tests after the governing body announced it had decided to soften sanctions.

Khawaja said it was “really frustrating” for players to lose their match fees despite delivering entertaining matches.

The hosts beat Australia by 49 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Monday, securing a 2-2 series draw.

Reigning champions Australia, which retained the Ashes, is currently third in the WTC standings while England is fifth.

Having gained 28 points – 24 for two wins and four for a draw – England finished with just nine points dropping it below the West Indies, who have played just two matches and are yet to record a win.

-Reuters

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