10 Jun 2009

Fine for slow over rates adds insult to Aussie injury

12:03 pm on 10 June 2009

Australia's early exit from the Twenty20 cricket tournament has been compounded by a fine for slow over rates during their loss to Sri Lanka.

The match referee Chris Broad imposed the fines after Australia were judged to be one over short of their target at the end of Sri Lanka's innings.

Sri Lanka won Monday's match by six wickets with one over to spare.

The ICC Code of Conduct stipulates that 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.

The 10 Test players in Australia's Twenty20 squad are now in Leicester for a training camp with another six Test specialists to join them next Tuesday, two days earlier than planned.