Australia fined for slow over-rate in Champions Trophy semi-final

      The Australia team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its nine-wicket victory over England in Friday's ICC Champions Trophy 2009 semi-final at Centurion. Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after Ricky Ponting 's side was ruled to be two overs short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties, players are fined five per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Ponting was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his players received 10-per-cent fines. The offence is contrary to Section J of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to slow over-rates. For such offences, the decision of the ICC match referee is final and binding.

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