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Scottish football results – is it time to ditch them from the classifieds?

Forfar 4 East Fife 5… who cares I'd rather watch Britain's Got Talent, it's time to ditch the meaningless Scottish classified results (and bin the Welsh ones too!)

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:26 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 16 April 2013

The voice: James Alexander Gordon reads out the classified results on Sports Report every week

The voice: James Alexander Gordon reads out the classified results on Sports Report every week

And finally…

Bala Town 4 Afan Lido 0

At least that’s what I think the presenter reading the football results said on the radio about 5.05pm on Saturday evening.

To be honest I’d switched off a long time before he got to that riveting scoreline.

In
fact, as soon as he said ‘Wycombe 2 Aldershot 1’, the final fixture in
League Two on Saturday, football as we know it was over.

It
had nothing to do with the fact that Aldershot are the club I’ve
supported man and boy and that they are heading for the Conference. It
had everything to do with the fact that nobody gives a monkey’s about
results outside the 92 top clubs.

Have
you tried listening to the Scottish results lately No, neither have I.
It’s a complete waste of time. Celtic win everything now that Rangers
are competing in the Shetland Isles Division Four. No amount of whisky,
let alone Irn-Bru, could make you think having the full rundown of
results from north of the border – and Wales, come to think of it – is
worthwhile. Not even for the fabled Forfar 4 East Fife 5.

I’d
rather watch Britain’s Got Talent (can’t believe I’ve just written
that!) than see meaningless scoreline after meaningless scoreline pop up
on the videprinter. Or listen to the shipping forecast than hear them
on the wireless.

Scroll down for the classic BBC Sports Report theme

Waste of time: Celtic win everything while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four

Waste of time: Celtic win everything (above) while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four (below)

Waste of time: Celtic win everything while Rangers compete in the Shetland Isles Division Four

What we want is the football of the real world. In these days of Messi and Ronaldo and the Champions League we need to know about La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and, now that Becks is just a Channel hop away, Ligue 1.

It’s time for the Beeb and Sky to realise there’s a new viewer and/or listener out there. Gone are the days when we all gathered round the wireless at 5pm on Saturdays to listen to the familiar introductory music for Sports Report and then the distinctive tones of results readers, John Webster and James Alexander Gordon.

Empty seats: The stands are hardly packed for Hamilton Accies v Falkirk

Empty seats: The stands are hardly packed for Hamilton Accies v Falkirk

Anyone interested – there can’t be anyone, can there – in how East Stirling, bottom of the Irn-Bru Division Three, got on against Annan Athletic can easily phone or tweet of one the team’s half-dozen loyal supporters to find out.

And don’t give me the old line about
needing to give all the results because of football coupons. When was
the last time you saw someone filling in one

More interesting: Britain's Got Talent is a more worthy watch than seeing meaningless scores on the vidiprinter

More interesting: Britain's Got Talent is a more worthy watch than seeing meaningless scores on the vidiprinter

The move for Scottish independence is to be welcomed. Cut them adrift and let them have their own results programme and while we’re at it they can take the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League results with them.

They can then drone on about Cowdenbeath and Stenhousemuir to their Hearts’ content and leave us to soak up the results that really matter.

Results that matter: Now that Beckham is at Paris St Germain, we need to know the Ligue 1 scores

Results that matter: Now that Beckham is at Paris St Germain, we need to know the Ligue 1 scores

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David Moyes linked with Schalke manager"s job

Schalke wait to pounce for Moyes at end of season if talks over new deal at Everton falter

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

21:30 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 4 April 2013

David Moyes is back at the top of Schalke’s wanted list as the German club prepare to appoint a new manager this summer — with Celtic’s Neil Lennon a strong candidate to replace the Scot if he leaves Everton.

It was thought Moyes had slipped behind Armin Veh in the Schalke running until the Eintracht Frankfurt coach signed a new deal last week.

Moyes, 49, has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and is keen to hear what Schalke have to offer.

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also in the frame.

Lennon is on the verge of securing his second successive SPL title with Celtic.

But there is a growing sense that he could quit Parkhead for a new challenge this summer.

With Rangers not due to return to
Scotland’s top league until 2015 at the earliest, Lennon knows football
north of the border will not be seriously competitive for his side.

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

Having the chance to take the next step in his management career at Everton may be too good an opportunity to turn down.

Lennon’s stock has grown considerably this season, despite the lack of competition on the domestic front, thanks to Celtic’s run to the Champions League knock-out stages — which included that euphoric win over Barcelona.

Moyes' 11-year spell in charge at Goodison Park makes him the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League, but he has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and will wait to hear what Schalke have to offer.

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

India v England third Test in Kolkata: Five crazy runouts

After Cook is bizarrely dismissed in Kolkata, we take a look at five other crazy runouts

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

England captain Alastair Cook was run out on 190 as he tried to avoid a throw from Virat Kohli on day three of the third Test against India in Kolkata. He is not the first batsman to be run out in bizarre fashion though. Here, Sportsmail looks at five famous examples…

Allan Donald (Edgbaston, 1999)

South Africa needed one run to beat Australia at Edgbaston and reach their first World Cup final when Lance Klusener hit Damien Fleming to mid-on and started running. But last man Allan Donald didn’t hear his call, dropped his bat, and eventually set off for the single far too late. As Australia’s fielders went berserk, Donald was left to reflect on one of cricket’s cruellest chokes.

Cruel: Australia go wild as Donald is run out

Cruel: Australia go wild as Donald is run out

Cruel: Australia go wild as Donald is run out

Mike Atherton (Lord’s, 1993)

The England opener was on 97 when he turned Australia’s captain Allan Border through midwicket. He and Mike Gatting had run two and Atherton hesitated before setting off for a third. But he changed his mind, before slipping and scrabbling about on all fours as Merv Hughes’s throw from the deep left him stranded on 99. He never did make a Test hundred at Lord’s.

Falling short: Atherton can't get back in his crease

Falling short: Atherton can't get back in his crease

Falling short: Atherton can't get back in his crease

Evasive action: Inzamam is harshly given out

Evasive action: Inzamam is harshly given out

Hanif Mohammad (Karachi, 1959)

Playing for Karachi in a Pakistani domestic game, their Test opener Hanif Mohammad had moved to 498 with a ball to go on the second day. He duly played it to point and set off for two, only to be beaten in search of a 500th run. The batsman at the other end, Abdul Aziz, died later that season after being hit over the heart.

Inzamam-ul-Haq (Faisalabad, 2005)

Pakistan’s captain had played a defensive shot to Steve Harmison during the second Test at Faisalabad when the England fast bowler immediately threw down the stumps. In an attempt to get out of the way, Inzamam jumped in the air – and was wrongly given run out by third umpire Nadeem Ghauri, despite being in his crease when he took evasive action.

Ian Meckiff (Brisbane, 1960)

Australia
needed one to win off the last ball of the Brisbane Test against West
Indies, when last man Lindsay Kline turned Wes Hall to the leg side. But
fielder Joe Solomon reacted quickly, throwing down the stumps at the
striker’s end with Meckiff short of his ground. The result was the first
tie in Test history. There has been only one since.

Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins on target for yellow jersey

Sky's the limit! Wiggins is on target after fine Tour start leaves Brit in second place

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UPDATED:

21:32 GMT, 1 July 2012

Team Sky would not admit it publicly but Bradley Wiggins’ dream start to the Tour de France continued through the leafy forests of Luxembourg to the industrial heartlands of Belgium on Sunday.

Barring a mishap on Monday’s flat stage run to the border town of Tournai, Wiggins will depart France’s northern neighbours in prime position and form.

Having given a demonstration of his time-trial speed in Saturday’s Prologue along the waterfront in Liege, the Briton demonstrated his improved riding skills within the peloton by avoiding trouble as the field swept its way past factories and shipyards and then cruised up a savage final climb to the finish, which reached a vertiginous gradient of 14 per cent (one in seven) at its steepest.

On track: Bradley Wiggins (in green) maintained his place in the general classification at the Tour de France

On track: Bradley Wiggins (in green) maintained his place in the general classification at the Tour de France

Seraing was once home to Eugenio Barsanti, inventor of the internal combustion engine, yet where once Wiggins might have blown up on such an arduous ascent, there was not a hint of panic nor fatigue in his features.

He was never in contention to win the stage — that honour went to precocious Slovakian rider Peter Sagan ahead of yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara and Wiggins’ Sky team-mate Edvald Boasson-Hagen — but he didn’t need to be.

For Wiggins, it is about the long game of this 2,200-mile, three-week marathon.

Take time from your rivals where you can, mark them tightly on awkward uphill finishes, hang on in the mountains and keep out of bother the rest of the time.

Young pretender: Peter Sagan celebrates winning the first stage of the Tour de France

Young pretender: Peter Sagan celebrates winning the first stage of the Tour de France

It is a well-tested recipe and one that Wiggins and his team appear to have grasped impeccably in this their third year together.

It appeared at one point that Cadel Evans, the 2011 winner, might try to take back the 10 seconds Wiggins gained on him in the Prologue. In the end, they crossed the line almost together, the stage drawn in what could be a private battle between the pair all the way to Paris.

Wiggins’ Prologue ride could not have been better executed. Cancellara is a wonderful time-trialler but the Swiss cannot scale the mighty peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees with anything approaching ease.

His victory on Saturday meant that it was his Radioshack-Nissan teammates who felt obliged to chase down a six-man breakaway on Sunday’s 124-mile round trip from Liege out into the countryside and back to its suburbs. Had Wiggins taken the yellow jersey on Saturday, his own team would have done the chasing, thereby using up valuable reserves of energy.

Big two: Fabian Cancellara (left) with the yellow jersey and sprint ace Bradley Wiggins (right) with the green jersey

Sprint ace: Bradley Wiggins wears the green jersey

Big two: Fabian Cancellara (left) with the yellow jersey and sprint ace Bradley Wiggins (right) wears green

As it was, Chris Froome endured a puncture 10 miles from the finish, while Michael Rogers was one of a number of riders to hit the Tarmac as the pace intensified.

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said: ‘It was a sketchy picture for the team as a whole with Froomey puncturing and Mike crashing, but Brad didn’t lose any time which was the main consideration of the day.

‘We’d had a look at the climb and felt he could cruise up. As everybody was going full gas, he was riding up the outside taking 20 places.

‘I don’t think that it’s still the case that the rest of the field can attack him on those climbs any more.’

Talking tactics: Wiggins (left) with Sky team-mate and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish

Talking tactics: Wiggins (left) with Sky team-mate and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish

A bit further back, Mark Cavendish freewheeled his way to the finish. He may have improved his climbing, but the sheer scale of the gradient persuaded him early on that any reward would not be worth the effort.

Having picked up eighth place in the intermediate sprint in the Luxembourgeois hamlet of Erezee, Cavendish did not lose ground to sprint rivals for the green jersey.

He will have noted Sagan, however. The 22-year-old Liquigas rider is an able sprinter, but with a capacity to match climbers on short ascents. He may have a supremacy in such finishes which Cavendish will struggle to overhaul in the mass bunch sprints he prefers, such as in today’s 130-mile trek across Belgium.

But that will not unduly perturb Cavendish, whose primary focus this summer is the Olympic road race.

Tour de France

Tyson Fury falsely arrested for murder and robbery in Holland

Wrongly accused: Fury back on track after 'murder' rap ahead Maddalone fight

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 27 June 2012

Tyson Fury resumes his ascent towards a world heavyweight title challenge next week after being falsely arrested in Holland on suspicion of armed robbery and murder.

The 6ft 9in Fury was pulled over by police while driving to his training camp here on the Dutch-Belgian border following a hold-up nearby in which a man was shot dead.

He and four members of his team were subjected to a nine-hour interrogation after being forced to strip to their underpants in a local police cell.

On the ropes: Tyson Fury in Rotterdam ahead of his fight

On the ropes: Tyson Fury in Rotterdam ahead of his fight

The giant hope of the travellilng community is preparing to fight New York slugger Vinny Maddalone in Clivedon, Somerset on Saturday week.

He says: 'When we were stopped on the way to the gym I thought I must have been driving too fast. But they ordered us out of the car, told us to kneel at gunpoint, handcuffed us behind our backs, put forensic gloves on us and then made us lie face down in the dirt. I heard a police helicopter arrive overhead.

'They were shouting at us in Dutch. I didn’t understand a word. I kept telling them I was a boxer in training for a big fight but they wouldn’t listen.We were taken to the station and had to strip.

Wrongly accused: Fury was stopped on the Dutch Belgian boarder by police

Wrongly accused: Fury was stopped on the Dutch Belgian boarder by police

'Apart from the shock I wasn’t too worried because I knew it was mistaken identity. We had just happened to fit the description of the gang of large men they were desperate to catch.

'They stopped us at nine in the morning and they eventually let us go at eight in the evening. They apologised and gave us flip flops and paper sheets to wrap ourselves in so we could walk back to the car.

'We got our clothes back three days later. It was startling but strange things do happen in life.

Unbeaten run: Fury beat Dereck Chisora last summer

Unbeaten run: Fury beat Dereck Chisora last summer

'The most important thing for me is that my six weeks of training here have been perfect and I’m in the best shape of my life.’

The bout with Maddalone is the first of five fights planned by promoter Mick Hennessy in a busy build up to a promised world title clash with either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko next year.

Fury has committed himself to a rigorous work and diet regime, with Hennessy saying: ‘’I’ve always believed he will be a world champion but I never expected to see him get into such great condition. I thought he would be one of those heavy, big punching heavyweights but now he’s turnned himself into a real athlete.’

Fury is returning to Britain after finishing sparring here yesterday.

He says: 'It’s been a great experience here and the Dutch people have been wonderful……apart from my getting arrested. And to think I came here to get away from all the distractions at home.’

Fury v Maddalone is live on Channel 5, Saturday July 7 from 10 pm. Tickets from www.hennessysports.com

Celtic won"t join League One or Championship

You've Scot no chance of England switch, Football League chief tells Celtic

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 19 March 2012

Football League chairman Greg Clarke has ruled out any chance of Celtic joining League One or the Championship.

A report claimed the Old Firm giant was so keen to join English football that they were in talks over a move into League One.

No move: Celtic are unlikely to be granted a switch south of the border

No move: Celtic are unlikely to be granted a switch south of the border

Celtic are 21 points ahead of Rangers and Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, although their Old Firm rivals were docked 10 points for going into administration.

Club sources have insisted that is not the case and Clarke himself said it would be 'disrespectful' to the Scottish football authorities to enter into any such talks.

Defeat: Kilmarnock beat Celtic 1-0 in Sunday's League Cup Final

Defeat: Kilmarnock beat Celtic 1-0 in Sunday's League Cup Final

Clarke said: 'We have absolutely no intention of having any discussions with any club from another national league regarding membership of our competition.

'This would be highly disrespectful to the Scottish FA and Scottish Premier League and will not be countenanced by the Football League.'

Craig Levein out to poach England youngsters

EXCLUSIVE: Scotland boss Levein sets out to poach England youngsters

Craig Levein is risking the wrath of the FA by trying to poach some of England’s top young players.

To the dismay of FA bosses, the Scotland manager has detailed one of his most trusted scouts to run the rule over emerging talent south of the border – including Chelsea’s Josh McEachran – with a view to fast-tracking them into his senior squad.

Wanted: Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran

Wanted: Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran

How Scottish are they

MATT PHILLIPS
AGE: 20. born: Aylesbury.
England U19 (five caps), U20 (five).
Grandmother Scottish.

CAMERON STEWART
AGE: 20. born: Manchester.
England U17 (four), U19 (five), U20 (one).
Mother Scottish.

JONJO SHELVEY
AGE: 19. born: Romford.
England U16 (six), U17 (seven), U19 (four), U21 (three).
Grandfather Scottish.

JOSH McEACHRAN
AGE: 18. born: Oxford.
England U16 (five), U17 (12), U19 (six), U21 (seven).
Both parents Scottish.

The process has been underway for several weeks and will gather pace in the next few days when Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is selected for Scotland’s February 29 game against Slovenia.

The paperwork for the England Under 20 prospect was extracted from a reluctant FA this week and submitted to FIFA on Tuesday.

Sportsmail understands Hull winger Cameron Stewart, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and McEachran have also been targeted and will be approached about switching allegiance.

All have been closely watched by Scotland scout Michael Oliver this season and each has done enough to earn a recommendation that their dual qualification be exploited.

Levein, who has little chance of
recruiting McEachran but may fare better with Shelvey and Stewart, is
thought to have angered FA chiefs with his actions.

Defecting: Matt Phillips is expected to be named in Scotland's squad later this month

Defecting: Matt Phillips is expected to be named in Scotland's squad later this month

SIX NATIONS 2012: Jonathan Davies tells England: You"ll get smashed!

You'll get smashed! Wales hero Davies in blast at England pack ahead of showdown


Big hitter: Dan Lydiate slams into Scotland

Big hitter: Dan Lydiate slams into Scotland

Jonathan Davies has ignited cross-border tensions with England ahead of Wales's visit to Twickenham on Saturday week by boldly declaring that the visitors can defy a long tradition and 'smash' their rivals up front.

The former Wales fly-half and BBC commentator – rather than his namesake, the current centre – has dismissed England's new-look pack as overwhelmingly inferior to the more experienced unit which Warren Gatland will unleash.

While the established routine is for creative Welsh sides to find themselves besieged by a big, tough set of English forwards, Davies is adamant the pattern can be overturned this time.

He feels that if it comes to an arm-wrestle in the next round of the RBS Six Nations, when the two unbeaten nations go head to head, it will be Wales who prosper.

'I don't think we've gone to Twickenham and out-muscled them before, but the side we've got now could go to Twickenham and absolutely smash them physically,' said Davies.

'That English pack does not strike fear into anyone. They are a good club side who are growing together, but there isn't anyone outstanding in there.

'Tom Croft will have a go at our lineout but our back row is better, our second row is better, our front row is bigger and our centres are bigger.

'We could absolutely go to town on them. I don't think the England forwards are as dominant as they have been.'

As was the case in the recent clashes with Scotland and Italy, England's forwards will face a major experience deficit against Wales, whatever the exact make-up of the two packs.

Growing together: England have won twice under captain Chris Robshaw (left)

Growing together: England have won twice under captain Chris Robshaw (left)

In particular, Gatland can call upon ample Lions pedigree in the front row, through props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones, while Matthew Rees is in contention for a comeback at hooker.

Aside from what he sees as an unusual imbalance up front, Davies cannot identify any way in which Stuart Lancaster's team can hope to contain and overcome Wales, adding: 'England are a young team and they have shown a lot of spirit. Defensively they are solid, but offensively they haven't created anything yet.

'I spoke to Stuart Lancaster before the tournament and he wanted to play an expansive game with Ben Youngs dictating play, but that hasn't happened.'

Echoing Davies's confident mood ahead of the match, former Wales scrum-half Robert Jones was equally underwhelmed by what he saw from England during their away win over Italy, which was high on spirit but low on dash and daring.

Namesake: Wales centre Jonathan Davies (right) shares a name with a legend

Namesake: Wales centre Jonathan Davies (right) shares a name with a legend

'England did show character, but the game was very poor – the first half in particular was dreadful,' he said. 'The rugby from England had no conviction. I appreciate that it was wet and cold but you still just expect a bit more from them. They are a young side looking to impress with a coach who is trying to stamp his authority on the game.

'Looking ahead, I wouldn't be too worried from what I saw (of England).'

England have added Northampton prop Paul Doran-Jones to their squad as injury cover for Bath's David Wilson, who has been sidelined with a broken jaw.

One player who has made a strong impression for England is their new No 8 Ben Morgan. Now the Scarlets rookie appears destined to sign for Gloucester, enabling him to return to the county where he grew up.

The West Country club have been in talks with the Welsh region for some time and it is understood that a deal will soon be finalised.

Australia target England No 1 Test ranking

Watch out England! Australia target No 1 ranking after India whitewash

Batsman Mike Hussey has underlined Australia's determination to reclaim the No 1 Test ranking from England, revealing his side speak about it 'every day'.

Australia sit fourth in the official rankings after completing a 4-0 series whitewash over India in Adelaide this week.

It was a fourth consecutive series without defeat for Australia since Michael Clarke took over as skipper following their 3-1 Ashes humiliation 12 months ago.

Whitewash: Australian players hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating India

Whitewash: Australia with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating India

At that stage Australia had slumped to fifth place but under Clarke, and new coach Mickey Arthur, they have hinted at a renaissance.

Young names such as James Pattinson, David Warner and Patrick Cummins have helped fuel Australia's improvement, with the 36-year-old Hussey revealing they were now fully focused on displacing England at the top.

'There's no hiding our ambition in the wake of our 4-0 Test series win over India,' Hussey wrote in his column in Perth newspaper The Sunday Times.

'We want to reclaim the world No 1 mantle from England.

'How often do we talk about it Every day.'

Got him! Umesh Yadav (right) was the last man to fall for India

Got him! Umesh Yadav (right) was the last man to fall for India

Despite that Hussey conceded Australia still had plenty of work to do if they were to bridge the gap to England.

That was exposed in three innings defeats in last year's Ashes, and with just 18 months until the sides next meet, Hussey knows the jury is still out on his side.

'This series has been a great stepping stone for us, but as captain Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur drill into us every day – it's the beginning of a journey,' he wrote.

'India was ranked the No 2 Test team in the world so it's been a noteworthy performance.

'But we know there's a huge improvement to be made if we're to conquer the old enemy next year in England.'

MS Dhoni banned for final Test with Australia

More woe for India as captain Dhoni is banned for final Test with Australia

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for the final Test against Australia due to a slow over rate during his side's innings and 37-run defeat in Perth.

Dhoni's side surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the WACA Ground today after they suffered a second successive innings defeat to fall 3-0 behind in the four-Test series.

Their hopes of avoiding a whitewash were then dealt a further blow when Dhoni was handed a one-game ban for a second slow over-rate offence in the past 12 months.

Punished: Dhoni (with Aussie captain Clarke) will play no part in fourth Test

Punished: Dhoni (with Aussie captain Clarke) will play no part in fourth Test

India were two overs short of the required rate during Australia's only innings of 369, when they spent large periods chasing leather as David Warner thrashed the equal fourth-quickest Test century.

While the Test finished in just over two days Dhoni was still handed the ban while also being fined 40 per cent of his match fee. His team-mates were fined 20 per cent of their match fee.

'The India team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third Test against Australia in Perth, Western Australia, and as this is the second offence within 12 months India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been suspended for the next Test match in line with the ICC Code of Conduct,' an ICC statement read.

Second best: Dhoni's side were dominated by the Aussies with bat and ball

Second best: Dhoni's side were dominated by the Aussies with bat and ball

Second best: Dhoni's side were dominated by the Aussies with bat and ball

'Ranjan Madugalle, chief ICC match referee, imposed the fines after India was ruled to be two overs short of its target at the end of the match after time allowances had been taken into consideration.

'Dhoni acknowledged that he had been kept informed of the position regarding over-rates on a regular basis throughout the match and therefore accepted the decision.'

Virender Sehwag is likely to take over the captaincy in Dhoni's absence with Wriddhiman Saha set to be handed the wicketkeeping duties.

India's defeat to Australia was their seventh consecutive loss on foreign soil and edged them closer to a second successive whitewash on their travels after they lost 4-0 in England last summer.

Winning feeling: The Aussie are aiming for a 4-0 whitewash

Winning feeling: The Aussie are aiming for a 4-0 whitewash