As if England’s predicament wasn’t bad enough, with a 456-run deficit into the third day of the Ashes Test in Adelaide, the ICC added insult to injury by deducting them three extra points for sluggish over rates in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. For maintaining a slow over rate in the first Test at the Gabba, England was originally penalized five World Test Championship (WTC) points and fined 100 percent of their match fees, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Friday that the penalty would now be increased to eight points in total.

“It was announced last Saturday that England would be penalized five WTC points, one for each over they were deemed to have gone short by originally,” the ICC said in a statement. “However, it has subsequently been revealed that they were eight overs short, meaning they would lose three further points.”

“As per Clause 16.1.2 of the ICC Playing Conditions, the points deduction for penalty overs is not capped and must represent the actual number of penalty overs a team is short of the minimum criteria, hence they have been penalized one point for each over they were short.”

After losing early wickets to be 17 for 2 in response to Australia’s first-innings 473 for 9 declared when an electrical storm curtailed the final session on day two of the second Test at Adelaide Oval, England is now in seventh place on the WTC table, with six points from five Tests in the current competition cycle. On the opening day in Adelaide, England bowled 89 of the allocated 90 overs, despite having to rely on five overs of Joe Root’s part-time off-spin to catch up.

While over rates may continue to be a concern for England’s five-man seam attack, assistant coach Graham Thorpe dismissed the issue following the opening day’s play, saying, “I think there are worse things going on in the world than over rates.”

England, who lost the first Test by nine wickets and now has an uphill battle to win the second, were also penalized for a slow over rate in their home series against India in July and August, giving them a total of ten points for slow over rate violations.