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Windies fined for slow over rates

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It couldn’t get any worse for the wounded West Indies – or so they thought.

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Crushed in a first Test loss to Australia in Hobart, the hapless Windies have been punished again – this time by the International Cricket Council.

Captain Jason Holder has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee and his teammates 30 per cent for slow over rates, the ICC confirmed.

Match referee Chris Broad imposed the fine after ruling the Windies were three overs short of their 90-over target when time allowances were taken into consideration on the opening day’s play.

Holder faces suspension if he re-offends in the next 12 months.

That will be the least of his worries.

Australia romped to an innings and 212-run win within three days at Hobart – their second biggest win over the Windies.

Not much was expected from a Windies team that had not won an overseas series of note in 20 years.

Still, the critics were sharpening their knives after the Windies’ woeful first Test effort – their worst loss to Australia since 1931.

Holder has been forced to defend teammates’ on-field body language and speculation about division within the team.

Then there’s the problems at home with the structure of the West Indies Cricket Board being questioned.

Holder dropped his guard somewhat with the forlorn figure he cut as he trudged slowly off the field after being dismissed in the Windies’ whirlwind second innings.

But he tried to put on a brave face after the loss in a bid to dispel rumours that senior players such as Marlon Samuels should be doing more to help.

“There’s a lot of information shared in the dressing room,” he said.

“Senior players get involved, the likes of Marlon Samuels … I’ve been supported there by the fast-bowlers and the senior batsmen.

“It’s just about putting a strong, collective effort together on a particular day which we’ve struggled with in the past.”

Holder also denied a suggestion aired by commentator Tom Moody that his fast bowlers had refused to bowl into the wind from the southern end of Bellerive Oval.

“That wasn’t the case. Basically, the fast bowlers struggled coming into the wind and I just felt it easier to rotate them at the top end, coming down the slope,” he said.

“After losing Shannon (Gabriel to injury), we were a bowler short, so it was easier to rotate the three fast bowlers from the top.”

But he clearly didn’t rotate them fast enough, copping the ICC fine for his troubles.

Holder lamented having just a two-day tour match to regroup before the Boxing Day Test.

They take on a Victoria Invitational XI from December 19 in Geelong.

They are yet to name a replacement for Gabriel (ankle).

– AAP

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