No, the regulations are for 6 hours play in which 90 overs should be bowled. There is a half hour provision for time to complete the overs but if they're not completed by then the overs are lost forever. Since almost every day now lasts the 6 and a half hours and frequently the 90 are still not bowled even when spinners are used, please tell me how 4 quicks "can easily" manage to bowl the 90 overs in 6 hours?
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90 overs is the minimum but in fact over rates gets calculated at the end of the match by the umpires after they take into consideration the fall of wickets, innings changes, drinks, injuries, referrals to 3 rd umpire and othrr things. Then they will get a total that should have been bowed. Every wicket is 2 min. 4 wickets fall on the day you will already have 2 overs lost and so on and so on. They will only fine teams for having slow rates for 4 days on the trott. Also you will note most sides getting fined are sub continent teams.
4 day games is exactly the same laws except the total is 96 overs and 80 on last day instead of 90 and 75 like in test matches.
The over rate should be 15 per hour. Playing 4 quicks has, since the Windies in the 1980s, dropped that level to around 12. Funnily enough, when you have 4 guys bowling of 30m runs, they don't get through 90 overs as fast as Joe Offie bowling off two steps.
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That said, slow over rates are the primary reason many people find cricket boring. Captains should be mercilessly hunted down and suspended if they fail to fit 90 overs in by 6pm.
The Australian selectors aren't even trying anymore. Can't remember too many worse Australian 'A' sides than the one selected for South Africa.
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How's this for an Aussie 'B' side since they are likely not in the Test side but missed Aussie 'A' selection:
8. O'Keefe (since Holland injured)
Likely Test Side: Warner, Cowan, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Wade, Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Lyon/Starc
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