George Bailey faces one match suspension for slow overrate against India

George Bailey faces one match suspension for slow overrate against India

Australia might have done everything right in the first two game of the Carlton Mid tri-series first one against England and then comprehensively beat India in the second game. Considering the proceedings stand in skipper George Bailey should have been a happy man but since the Aussie bowlers could not finish their quote of 50 over’s on time the skipper has been suspended by the ICC match referee for one match and 20% of his match fees has also been charged.

The ICC match referee Andy Pycroft charged Australia skipper Bailey for slow overrate which he accepted without challenging the Dictate hence there was no official hearing on it and the match referee following the ICC Code of Conduct handed over Bailey a one match suspension. As per the ICC norm a skipper for two over rate violations in a year has to face suspension as the first incident draws a warning. In Bailey’s case he had bypassed the time limit against South Africa in an ODI in November 2014, AB de Villiers was also fined in the same ODI. During the second ODI against India the Australian team needed 26 minutes in addition to the allotted time.

The permitted time to complete one half of the MCG ODI was 5:50 according to Australian time and it was not before 6:16 that they were done with the 50th over. The fact that Australia are playing with 5 pacers and part-timer Glenn Maxwell bowling only 2 over’s resulted in 48 over’s of pace which caused the overrate to get dragged even further. (Also read Top 5 Batsmen Fastest to reach 18 centuries in ODI)

As a result the team will now have to switch to a second stand-in skipper for the third ODI against England which in all possibilities should be Steve Smith who was earlier announced the successor to injured Mitchell Clarke in his absence during the Border Gavaskar test series last month.