Dhoni handed one-Test ban for slow over-rate

India captain Mahendra Singh is certain to miss the Adelaide Test against Australia following a one Test ban for maintaining a slow over-rate in the third Test that ended here yesterday.

The India captain was penalised for being two overs short of the required rate during the match here that India lost by an innings and 37 runs to go down 0-3 in the four-match series. Dhoni pleaded guilty in front of International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

He was also fined 40 percent of his match fee while his teammates were docked 20 percent each. It was India's second over-rate offence in the last 12 months after Dhoni was warned of this during the West Indies tour last June-July.

India bowled 76 overs in 362 minutes in Australia's only innings of the match. The fact that India went into the match with an all-pace attack could have had an affect on the over-rate.

Dada blasts team
Meanwhile, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly blasted the India team after their third Test defeat against Australia yesterday. "I cannot remember any Indian team going through such a dreadful run overseas for such a long time... It was expected, and now it's accepted that this team can't win away from home," Ganguly wrote in his column for The Age.

Ganguly, however, urged the selectors to be tough and fair. "What will be the biggest test for the selectors will be fairness. There is talk about VVS Laxman being dropped for the Adelaide Test. If that's the case, the same rule should be applied to other players as well... I will be watching keenly whether the Indian selectors push all this under the carpet or stand up and take decisions to take Indian cricket forward," he wrote. "In the past, selectors have made decisions to push aside soft targets. But the time has come to make the right decisions," he felt.

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