Pat Cummins pleads guilty to slowing ICC rate after ODI cricket win over England

Pat Cummins’ debut as ODI captain got off to a successful start, but it has also resulted in a slap in the waist pocket after Australia were fined for a slow overrun.

Australia were fined 40 per cent of their match fee for going two overs short of time in Thursday’s six-wicket win against England at the Adelaide Oval.

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Former Australian Test star David Boon, who now sits on the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, imposed the sanction.

Under the rules, players will be fined 20 percent of their game fee forever if their side doesn’t bowl in the allotted time.

Cummins has pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the proposed sanction.

Pat Cummins was fined for a slow overrun. Recognition: Getty

Australia lead 1-0 in the three-game series after chasing England’s 9-287 with 19 balls.

The match was Cummins’ first as captain of the ODI team after Aaron Finch decided to retire from the 50-over format.

Game two of the series takes place in Sydney on Saturday, where former skipper Steve Smith will look to continue the old form he rediscovered in game one of the series.

Pat Cummins’ side was two overs too slow. Recognition: Sarah Scheid/Getty Images

A feisty Smith has proudly proclaimed that his stellar innings were the best he’s felt batting in six years.

The bold claim of one of the country’s biggest hitters will spark fears in the West Indies and South Africa ahead of the Australian Test summer.

Smith scored an unbeaten 80 from 78 balls on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval to help Australia secure a 1-0 lead in the three-game ODI series against world champions England.

“(It) was probably the best thing I’ve felt in about six years,” Smith told reporters.

“I was just in really good positions and feeling really good, I honestly haven’t felt that way in about six years.

“It’s been nice to get some runs in that period and we’re always looking for perfection and for me (Thursday) was close to perfection as I’m going to get.”

Steve Smith sweetly timed her on Thursday night. Recognition: Sarah Scheid/Getty Images

The 33-year-old credits a year-long process to rediscovering his best posture and technique.

Smith was omitted from all but one game during the last T20 World Cup campaign and his white ball future for Australia is in question.

For his high standards, the skilled right-hander has also endured a dry spell in the Test arena at just two centuries since the 2019 Ashes.

“I’ve been working on a few things; it was almost a six-month or 12-month process,” Smith said.

“At the beginning of last summer I was trying to get my hands back to where they were in 2015.

“I feel like I’m staying a little bit more lateral now and have my feet and hands in sync with each other.

“(Thursday) was probably the first time I’ve actually had a significant amount of time in the middle with this change.

“It’s hard to base anything on an inning, but it felt like things clicked for me like they did at WACA (in a Test against England) in 2013.

“Hopefully it’s the start of a great summer.”

Smith has averaged 60 out of 87 Tests with 28 centuries ahead of a packed 12 month for Australian cricket.

After two Tests against the West Indies and a three-game series against South Africa, Australia will travel to India in February to fight for the Border Gavaskar Trophy before attempting to keep the Ashes in England in June.

Australia cruises past England in first ODI

Australia cruises past England in first ODI Pat Cummins pleads guilty to slowing ICC rate after ODI cricket win over England

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