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ENG vs NZ 1st Test: England fined 40% of match fees after draw against New Zealand, here’s why

The England cricket team has been fined 40% of their match fees for a slow over-rate against New Zealand in the first match of the two-Test series, which ended in a draw on Sunday at Lord’s.

After time allowances were taken into account, International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Chris Broad found Joe Root’s side two overs short of the target.

“According to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20% of their match fees for each over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.

“There was no need for a formal hearing because Root pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed punishment. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Richard Illingworth, and fourth umpire Mike Burns “ICC supplemented.

Earlier, the home team, chasing 273 runs in 75 overs for a win on Sunday’s final day, could only manage 170 for three wickets in their second innings.

Dominic Sibley (60 in over five hours) and Ollie Pope (20 in 66 minutes) were both unbeaten at the end. Root scored 40 points in 109 minutes.

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