Controversy arose on Thursday on Day two of the ongoing first Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Gabba when Ben Stokes’ no-ball denied the visitors an important wicket from David Warner, who was batting at 17 at the time. It was later revealed that Stokes had exceeded each of the previous three deliveries, but none of them were called no-balls. Things got even worse when Australia’s Channel 7 highlighted that Stokes bowled a total of 14 no balls in the opening session, of which only two were called.
England criticized the missed opportunity as Warner continued to break 94 when Australia reached 343/7, leading England by 196 on stumps on Day Two in Brisbane.
Several former and current cricketers have criticized the referees, with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting describing it as “pathetic ministry”.
New Zealand’s versatile James Neesham, known for his outspoken and witty postings on social media, has also responded to the controversy.
“When the only explanation is’ uhhhh, I forgot it was my job lol, ‘” Neesham tweeted, quoting a compilation video of Stokes’ no-balls.
Cricket Australia later revealed that the third referee, Paul Wilson, could not review ball-for-ball TV replays due to a technological error to see if bowlers crossed the pitch, which it did to the referees on the field. leave to make the calls.
England are in deep trouble in Brisbane after opening batsmen Rory Burns (13) and Haseeb Hameed (27) lost their wickets to Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc respectively after lunch on day three.
Earlier, Travis Head kicked off a dazzling 152 when Australia managed to stitch a total of 425, for a first innings lead of 278 runs. England were initially bowled out for 147 in the first innings.
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