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Alastair Cook fined for slow over-rate

Cook was fined 20% while his team mates were fined 10% of their match fee for the over-rate offence.

ADADAD Cook, in the post match conference said that it was difficult to manage the over rate with four fast bowlers in the side. (Source: Reuters)

England captain Alastair Cook has been fined 20 percent of his match fee for a slow over-rate during the drawn first Test with Sri Lanka at Lord’s, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday.

His team mates were fined 10 per cent after England were found to be one over short of its target.

“Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after the side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration,” the ICC said in a statement.

“In accordance with the regulations of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel (the Code) governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that.”

Play in the match, which ended in a dramatic draw on Monday when the visitors finished at 201-9 after losing six wickets in the final session, went beyond the 6pm official finishing time on each of the five days, with 17 overs lost in total.

At the post-match news conference Cook said the slow over-rate was not ideal, but it was hard to manage with four fast bowlers in the side.

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