The International Cricket Council has sanctioned a 40 percent fine of match fees on Australia skipper Steven Smith following his team's poor over-rate in the recently concluded third One-Day International against England in Sydney.
Australia were found two overs short of the target taking into consideration the other time allowances and as a result, Smith was copped 40 percent of his match fee while the rest of the 10 players were sanctioned 20 percent match fees as fine.
Another such offence from Australia with skipper Smith at the helm in a 12-month period can lead to the suspension of the 28-year-old.
As Smith pleaded guilty to the charges, match referee Ranjan Madugale deemed there was no need for a formal hearing.
Australia went on to lose the Sydney encounter by 16 runs and as a result, they have conceded a 3-0 unassailable lead in the five-match series which will see the final two games played at Adelaide and Perth on 26th and 28th January respectively.
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