Australia v West Indies Tests
Holder, Windies fined for slow over rate
West Indies skipper in the firing line after tourists' comprehensive defeat in Hobart
13 December 2015, 08:49 AM AEST
For the fourth time in less than 12 months, the West Indies have been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council for maintaining a slow over rate.
Windies skipper Jason Holder and his teammates have been fined by the ICC after they were deemed to be three overs short of their target in the first Test against Australia in Hobart.
Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct states that 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 amount.
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As such, Holder has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee while his players have been hit with 30 per cent fines.
It's the fourth time this year the Windies have fallen foul of the ICC and the third time when Holder has been at the helm.
The side was fined for being behind the over rate in the second Twenty20 international against South Africa in January, when Darren Sammy was captain.
Less than three weeks later, the Windies were fined again following the fifth ODI against the Proteas, this time with Holder as skipper.
Another over rate offence in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in November saw Holder suspended for one match; being sanctioned for maintaining a slow over rate twice in the same form of the game inside 12 months means the offending captain faces a suspension.
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Having been fined in Hobart, Holder now risks a ban if he's charged with another breach in the Test arena over the next 12 months.
The first day of the Hobart Test moved slowly throughout, with the Windies sending down just 50 overs in the opening two sessions. One over from fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in the middle session took six minutes to complete.
After the tea interval, Holder turned to frontline spinner Jomel Worrican as well as part-timers Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood in order to make up for lost time, the trio sending down 26 of the 39 overs that were bowled in the final session.
The spin attack helped the Windies fall just one over short of the required 90, with Holder declining to take the new ball and continue with the spinners late in the day.