‘The system’s wrong’: Stuart Broad rubbishes England’s penalty for sloppy over-rates in the Ashes

‘The system’s wrong’: Stuart Broad rubbishes England’s penalty for sloppy over-rates in the Ashes

Former Test bowler Stuart Broad has rubbished the over-rate penalties England copped during the recent Ashes campaign, arguing it “diminishes the relevance of the World Test Championship”.

Last month, the ICC amended its Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel after Australian opener Usman Khawaja contacted ICC general manager Wasim Khan about revising the sanctions for slow over-rates. Under the new regulations, teams are fined five per cent of their match fee and one WTC point for every over they fail to bowl in the allotted time, capping fines to 50 per cent.

Australia was fined ten WTC points and 50 per cent of their match fee for slow over-rates during England’s first innings in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, England lost 19 WTC points for over-rate transgressions at Edgbaston, Lord’s and The Oval, collectively penalised about $198,000 in match fees across the five-Test campaign.

Teams received 12 WTC points for a victory and four points for a draw during the Ashes series.

“Don’t even get the chance to bowl in the second innings at Manchester due to two days of rain and the ICC still issue fines and take 10 WTC points of us for slow over rates,” Khawaja tweeted last week.

“That makes a lot of sense …”

Speaking to the Daily Mail this week, Broad argued the ICC’s over-rate penalties needed further revision.

“It diminishes the relevance of the World Test Championship, to be honest,” he told the publication.

“It’s been one of the most entertaining series of all time and for England to come out with nine points from a possible 60, the system’s wrong and needs looking at.”

Broad retired from international cricket after the fifth Ashes Test, finishing his 16-year career with 4309 runs and 847 wickets.

Stuart Broad of England. Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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Australia (18 points) and England (nine points) are currently third and fifth on the WTC ladder respectively after the enthralling Ashes series, which was drawn 2-2. The Australians missed the 2021 WTC final due to poor over-rates during the 2020 Boxing Day Test against India.

Speaking to reporters last month, Australian captain Pat Cummins explained why teams were struggling to get through their overs during the Ashes.

“It feels like there’s different plans every second over, or every over, every couple of balls. One batter might have a totally different plan to another one,” Cummins said.

“So there’s lots of field movement. A lot more fast-bowling overs than there ever has been.

“This series is maybe that little bit higher-pressure, and it’s not only the fielding side but you see the batters taking that little bit of extra time.”

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