Warne suggests penalising overs for slow over rates

Aussie legend Shane Warne has slammed Virat Kohli’s India for not being able to maintain over rates in the Australian tour.

Warne suggests penalising overs for slow over rates

India were fined 20% of their match fees in the first ODI. The visitors took four hours and six minutes as Australia posted 374/6 in the series opener. This was followed by yet another near four-hour 50 overs in which Australia bettered the score with 389/4 in the second ODI at the SCG.

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As per ICC’s new rules, captains and/or teams will be handed fines for maintaining slower over rates. Previously, several captains were handed suspensions as a penalty but that was later withdrawn by cricket’s governing body. Even earlier days had teams losing overs in the match.

Warne thinks handing such penalties should be brought back to the game, “I think we’ve got to be really strict with it. There’s just too much meandering around. I think (penalise teams) 25 runs per over you’re down (on the allocated time).

“For instance with India bowling first today, if by the allotted time they only bowled 46 overs, that’s how many overs they get to bat. So whatever the target is, you take off those overs,” the wizard of leg-spin told Fox Cricket.

Earlier Warne claimed India were ‘fluffing around’ between overs.

“I don’t think it’s so much bowling the overs, it is more or less in between overs fluffing around. The batsmen is just about ready … why isn’t the bowler back to the top of his mark waiting? The batsmen is ready. They’re just fluffing around.

“The real issue is in-between overs, not getting back to your mark quick enough. That shouldn’t be happening,” Warner added.

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