Slow over rate?
England's over rate in the series has been abysmal. At Nagpur
, England took 587 minutes to bowl 137 overs and 361 minutes for 78 overs. Given that the expected rate is 15 overs per hour, they were behind the over rate by huge margins. To bowl 137 overs, you really ought to take only just over 9 hours (137/15). 587 minutes is nearly ten hours! So England were nearly 40 minutes slow in the first innings. 78 overs should have taken just over 5 hours (78/15). They took six hours, nearly 50 minutes longer.
, they took 460 minutes to bowl 96 overs, when you really should be bowling 96 overs in around 6 and a half hours. 460 minutes is more than seven and a half hours!
For what it is worth, all stoppages of play, including drinks breaks, bad light, rain etc. etc. are factored in while calculating the minutes of play. I can't see any reason why Flintoff and the rest of the England team should not be held accountable for slow bowling. Being a greenhorn captain
is surely no excuse! Unless of course, if Madugalle has misplaced his calculator.
India have been guilty in the past on quite a few occasions of not bowling their overs on time. This series though has been a revelation. They took 430 minutes to bowl 104 overs at England in the first innings at Mohali, ten minutes behind schedule. Today, they bowled 25 overs in 1 hour 45 minutes, five minutes late. They were on the dot in the first innings at Nagpur and ten minutes behind in the second innings.
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