England have been docked 2 World Test Championship (WTC) points for maintaining a slow over rate during their second Test against New Zealand at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. After winning the match by 5 wickets, their points tally rose to 42, but after the deduction, they are sitting at 8th in the points table with 40 points.
Match referee Richie Richardson imposed the sanctions on Ben Stokes and Co. for falling 2 overs short of the target. England’s point percentage also went down from 25 to 23.80.
As per Article 16.11.2 of the WTC playing conditions, a team is penalised one point for each over short. Moreover, going by the Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the England players were fined 40 percent of their match fees.
On-field umpires Paul Reiffel and Michael Gough, and third umpire Rod Tucker levelled the charges, after which Stokes pleaded guilty. There was no need for a formal hearing.
As far as the game was concerned, the hosts chased down a target of 299 in a mere 50 overs. Jonny Bairstow’s 92-ball knock of 136, laced with 14 fours and 7 sixes, helped the Brits secure victory without having to break much sweat.
Skipper Stokes also scored 75 useful runs and shared a 179-run partnership with Bairstow, who won the Player of the Match award.
England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final Test of the series is set to get underway on Thursday, June 23 at Headingley in Leeds.