England’s Trent Bridge heroes lose two World Test Championship points for a slow over rate
England’s Trent Bridge heroes will be fined 40 per cent of their match money and lose two World Test Championship points for a slow overrate – despite their part in the thrilling series win over New Zealand that could save Test cricket
- England performed heroism by chasing 299 on day five in just 50 overs
- Jonny Bairstow’s stunning 77-ball hundred and Ben Stokes’ 75 saw them at home
- They now take an unassailable 2-0 lead against New Zealand to Headingley
- But the joy will be somewhat dampened by losing two of the 12 points won at Trent Bridge
England’s cricketing heroes have been dealt a blow after being fined 40 percent of their match money for a slow overload at Trent Bridge.
Ben Stokes’ men performed heroism on day five after chasing New Zealand’s goal of 299 in just 50 overs to seal their first test series win in 18 months, thanks in large part to Jonny Bairstow’s incredible 77-ball century .
But the hosts’ joy will be somewhat dampened by the news that they have been awarded two of the 12 World Test Championship points they racked up in the second Test in Nottingham.
England cricket heroes have been hit after being fined 40 percent of their match money
Jonny Bairstow’s stunning century helped Ben Stokes’ men get 299 chases in just 50 overs
The ICC said: ‘Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after England were judged to be two overs short of target after taking into account the time allotted.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which pertains to minimum overload violations, players will be fined 20 percent of their match money for any failure by their side to bowl within the allotted time.
In addition, under Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship Terms of Play, a side will be penalized one point for each overshort.
“That’s why two World Test Championship points have been deducted from England’s points total.”
England docked with two of the 12 World Test Championship points won for a slow overrate
However, there was better news for Joe Root, who replaced Australian Marnus Labuschagne at the top of the ICC Test rankings and continued his excellent form over the past 12 months with two more centuries in as many Tests against New Zealand.
The roles of England players in the thrilling series win will long be remembered, with their red-ball form seemingly at the top under new coach Brendon McCullum.
New skipper Stokes scored 75 not out of 70, balls in hot pursuit on the fifth day, when England knocked off the goal with five wickets left.
It means they head to Headingley for the third test next week, aiming for a 3-0 whitewash over the world champions.
And Stokes touted the win that confirmed his first series win as permanent Test captain as the greatest day of his sporting life.
Joe Root has replaced Australian Marnus Labuschagne at the top of the ICC Test batting rankings
“That blows Headingley away, it blows away Lord’s and the World Cup final,” he said.
“Just emotional, and the joy of every minute I had on that pitch, it was unbelievable. The sky is the limit for this group of players, but we can probably go further than that.
“The message was simply the fear of where the game had fallen in, rather than standing still or stepping away from it.
“It was kind of like we either win or lose this game – that’s the mentality we wanted in all batters. It paid off.’