In the second T20I in Sydney, Sri Lanka were only permitted four fielders beyond the 30-yard circle for the last over of Australia’s innings, making them the first men’s team to be penalized under the ICC’s new T20I over-rates regulations. Under the new system, teams must begin the last over of the innings by the 85th minute from the start of the innings under the new system. Captain Dasun Shanaka was requested to transfer one of the five fielders he would have stationed on the boundary into the circle since Sri Lanka had not done so. After Matthew Wade smacked a six and a four on the leg side, Nuwan Thushara’s first over went for 16 runs.

Andrew McDonald, Australia’s interim coach, had indicated support for the rule change on the eve of the match. “There’s a complaint about T20 cricket that the games drag on at times,” he added. If that penalty is there, you let a bowler know he’s bowling with four men out versus five men out. It’s a fairly simple option which one he wants. Bowling with four guys out is quite tough. That regulation, I believe, will have the ability to change games, which I am excited to watch. In-game penalties, in my opinion, are the only way to prevent teams from slowing down the game.”

Australia was penalized for their sluggish over-rate during the first T20I of the Women’s Ashes recently, leaving Megan Schutt with just four fielders outside the circle as she started the final over of England’s innings.

Captains have been suspended in the past for slow over rates, and teams have been fined a percentage of their match expenses. Teams may forfeit league points for sluggish over rates in both the ODI Super League and the World Test Championship.