England were fined 100% of their match fee and penalised five ICC World Test Championship points for maintaining a slow over-rate against Australia in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Match referee David Boon imposed the sanction after Joe Root’s side was ruled to be five overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20% of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short.
Consequently, five World Test Championship points were deducted from England’s points total.
Meanwhile, Australia batter Travis Head was fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Head was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”
In addition to this, one demerit point was added to the disciplinary record of Head, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.
The incident occurred in the 77th over of Australia’s first innings on Thursday, when Head used inappropriate language after he was beaten on a delivery from Ben Stokes.
Head admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the Covid-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth official Sam Nogajski levelled the charges.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.