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Australian star player and England Team fined

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Australia had plenty of luck in the first test match. From being made to the bowl, getting off the batting under overcast conditions on Day 1 to the clear sky and bright sunshine which made batting extremely easy, nothing went wrong for the home side. England showed some fightback with a partnership of more than 150 runs between Root and Malan but ultimately collapsed on the morning of Day 4, setting up only 20 runs for Australia in their second innings.

Travis Head, whose 152 runs allowed Australia to pose a dominant 278 lead in the first innings, was the player of the match. The batsman was also fined for his obscene word “C***” which came out of his word upon being beaten by the ball of Ben Stokes in the 77th over. The word was audible on the stump microphone. Head reportedly has accepted the offense and will be fined 15% of his match fee.

England players fined 100% for their slow over rate

As if England already did not suffer from all the bad luck, wrong team selection, and criticism, the players have been fined 100% of their match fees due to slow over-rate. The match referee David Boon made the decision after the 1st Test. At one point, the visitors were behind 10 overs off the scheduled overs. Brad Haddin, former wicket-keeper batsman says the fine was harsh considering that more than one day of time was left in the test match.

In his own words, “I don’t like it, there’s a day and a half to go in the Test, it’s the first Ashes Test, it was a great contest, Australia ended up winning by nine wickets, I don’t like it,” Haddin said on Fox Cricket. It cost Australia the opportunity in the Test championship last year – slow over rates – and with a day and half to go I think commonsense needs to come into it.”

But more than match fees, it would be the five points that may hurt England. The visitors have been deducted 5 points from their World Championship points, a thing that cost Australia last year as quoted by Brad Haddin in the above paragraph.

The second test match will be played at Adelaide from 16th of December and England is expected to bring back both Broad and Anderson who were left out due to a niggle in the first test match.

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