Perth:As if the loss to India was not enough, Australia's woes were on Saturday compounded further after Ricky Ponting's men were fined for slow over-rate during the third Test here.
Match referee Mike Procter imposed the fine after the hosts were ruled to be two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
Ponting was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while each of his players has been docked 10 per cent of their earnings.
In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties, players are fined five per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
The offence is contrary to Section J of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to slow over-rates.
Australia lost the match today after being bowled out for 340 chasing a mammoth 413 for breaking their own record of 16 straight Test wins.