Steven Smith © Getty Images
Steven Smith © Getty Images

If the ODI series defeat against England  wasn’t enough, Steven Smith has more unpleasant news coming his way. The Australian skipper has been fined 40 per cent of his match fees following the side’s 16-run defeat on Sunday. According to ICC statement, Australia  were two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. As per ICC’s code of conduct, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fee for every over. On the other hand, the captain is charged twice that amount. In this case, Smith’s teammates were charged 20 per cent of their fees.

Smith accepted the sanction, and there was no need for any formal hearing. To inform the readers, if Australia are guilty of another such incidence under Smith within a year, the right-hander would likely face a suspension.

Talking about the ODIs, Australia again fell prey to England’s strong batting lineup and smart death bowling. In pursuit of 303 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Australia managed 286 for 6 in 50 overs. Smith scored a 66-ball 45, with a solitary boundary.

Note: This is Australia’s 16th defeat in the last 23 encounters. They have now also lost the 10th match in the last 11 outings. In addition, this is Australia’s first ODI series loss at home since 2010.