England has been fined 40 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s, the ICC said on Monday.

ICC match referee Chris Broad imposed the sanction after Joe Root’s side was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” an ICC release stated.

Root pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Richard Illingworth and…

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