England vs Aussies, 1st Test, Edgbaston – Australia and England have WTC points for slowest overrate.

Both teams were awarded two points and fined 40% of their match fee for being deemed two overs short of their targets.

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In the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, both Australia and England, who lost two World Test championships, were punished for their slow over-rate. [WTC] Players from both sides are fined 40% of the match fee for every point.

Match referee Andy Bycroft ruled that both teams were two overs short of their target. Teams have one WTC point due to time allowances and 20% of the match fee for each over they fall short of their target. Two captains, Pat Cummins and Ben Stokes, accepted bans.

Just 82 overs were bowled on the first day of the Test, with Australia scoring just 78 and England declaring and bowling four overs before stumps. England bowled out 90 overs on the second day, taking advantage of an extra half-hour. Rain affected both the third and fifth days of the Test, but England were considered short of their targets on those days.

Penalties mean England are two points negative after losing the opening Test of the new WTC cycle, while Australia remain on ten points, having picked up 12 for their dramatic two-wicket win.

Australia were fined 80% of their match fee for a slow over-rate in the WTC final at The Oval two weeks ago. They also missed out on a place in the 2021 WTC finals at Southampton, with crucial WTC points attached to slow over-rates in that cycle.

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